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A day in the life of Malek, a young man who suffers from sleep disorders and is obsessed with thoughts of his ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, his overprotective mother struggles with the disappearance of her husband, who was kidnapped more than 15 years ago during the civil war. Written by Anonymous

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Journey through Beirut
4 April 2006 | by (Malmö, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I saw A Perfect Day at BAFTA as part of the ARAB CINEMA weekend followed by Q&A by the director.

The film follows Malek on the day he and his mother finally sign the papers which officially label his father as dead. He had disappeared 15 years earlier as many others had during the war.

We follow Malek through the streets of Beirut as he is more eager to get back with his girlfriend who for some reason has left him. Along the way the director portrays Beirut with constant use of contrasts of modern and traditional, old and new. The discussions of mother and son about their dead father is interrupted by a silly mobile phone ring tone, we see brand new posters on old crumbling walls, and Pepsi ads on old rusty vans in the streets of Beirut.

The main theme of time and space is effectively used to develop the characters, people being trapped in spaces where time seems to have stood still with the constant interruptions of the world outside. My main problem with the film was perhaps how these contrasts were created. Apart from the use of objects such as phones and cars, women were used as objects to illustrate the modernization. A scene of a beautiful woman singing on TV, the disco shot panning through all the women from waist down with and many other examples. In fact apart from the mother all women, with colorful hijabs, or with their glowing hair, are seen as objects and not subjects of the modernization process of Beirut.

This is a shame as the film is otherwise highly engaging.


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