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Zozo (2005)

 -  Drama | War  -  2 September 2005 (Sweden)
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A Lebanese boy gets separated from his family during the civil war and ends up in Sweden.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Imad Creidi ...
Antoinette Turk ...
Elias Gergi ...
Zozo's grandfather
Carmen Lebbos ...
Zozo's Mom
Viktor Axelsson ...
Charbel Iskandar ...
Zozo's father
Yasmine Awad ...
Zozo's grandmother
Jad Stephan ...
Zozo's brother Dani
Tatiana Sarkis ...
Zozo's sister
Elie Stello ...
Fidel Béchara ...
Fouad Hojeij ...
Headmaster Lebanon
Abdallah Jabbour ...
French Teacher
Nazem Issa ...
Kaak Salesman
Elias Abdul ...
Bread Salesman (as Elias Abdul Ahad)


A Lebanese boy gets separated from his family during the civil war and ends up in Sweden.

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There is always hope.


Drama | War


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Release Date:

2 September 2005 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Зозо  »

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SEK 39,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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It has been reported that, when Zozo was released in Lebanese theaters, much of the audience walked out 20 mins through the film as they could not bare the reality of the bombing scene depicted having lived it just 15 years earlier. See more »

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Poignant Cinematic Masterpiece!!
19 August 2006 | by (State of Kuwait) – See all my reviews

I have seen this amazing movie twice, the first time was on DVD and the second on cinema-theater which the all tickets cost are goes to collected for Lebanon support fund in State of Kuwait.

Zozo is the name of an innocent lebanese boy on the cusp of adolescence while his future and life are teetering on the brink of horrible destruction. actually he is too young to deal with the bloody Lebanese civil-war that is raging his country from the east to west!

So, and after his dreams & his hopes where destroyed, he is decide to travel to Sweden specially his Grandfather & Grandmother living there in peace.

and about the Film's fantastic fantasy it's as an breathing-space to audiences where watching an story's events of tragic & painful!! at this point specially I can confirm of this young director has really the competence for creating his line between the brilliant melodrama & the masterly comedy ! this is due to his talented-ways about blending the tragic's elements with the comedy's elements... without leaving his elements to interlacing for the calamitous melodrama or to sketchy comedy ... the film's way was convincible & will be ditto forever! So, the audiences will be at the end feels in happiness & in crying at the same time!

Well my readers, here & until this point must I stop the telling about the sadness & tragedy or fantasy & happiness elements in this amazing film!

Simply, we can consider this film ( Zozo ) is fully Lebanese, where 70% of it was shot mainly in lebanon, and 30% of it in Sweden. But even in Sweden the dialogue was in Lebanese too. Off course there is a little of dialogue in Swedish language ... but as I said we can consider this film is mainly Lebanese! from the director to the main actors they are Lebanese indeed not just acting and also through his main elements of events messages was in the lebanese circle even that was shot in Sweden...

This film is totally Different than ((Jala Jala)) this one is sad indeed, you can discovers his sadness between the elements. there are some senses inside this amazing film while you feel like crying!!

This young director been able to shown the true tragedy of his country civil-war! Josef Fares .. absolutely perfect & talented Director ... where crowned his early age as a big director!

I have seen his three films: Jalla! Jalla! (2000) , Kopps (2003) and Zozo (2005)

Until now (Zozo) is the best film of this young Lebanese-Swedish director Josef Fares.

at last, to "Kingdom of Sweden" I would like to say Thanks a lot for your great supports to appear this amazing film for us about that precious country on me!


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