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Credited cast:
Rodney El Haddad ...
Kamal Maf'ouss
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Alia
Nada Abou Farhat ...
Vola
Liliane Nemri ...
Arzeh
Omar Rajeh ...
Omar
Mounir Malaeb ...
Toufic
Bshara Atallah ...
Khalil
Raya Meddine ...
Isabelle
Joelle Rizk ...
Katia
Mahfouz Barakat ...
William Maswani
Mahmoud Mabsout ...
Mr. Naim
Bader Haddad ...
Alia's Mother
Youssef Emalhoub ...
Alia's Father
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Rouwelda Attieh
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Fifteen years after a traumatic explosion in his native Beirut, Kamal Maf'ouss returns from France, where he was nationalized and become a composer-choreographer. He reassembles youth friends from his late pa's multicultural school. They pimp a decommissioned school bus to tour the country in preparation of Lebanon's annual festival of the choral dance-song genre Debka. Opinions clash on their modern, cosmopolitan version of a traditional genre, even among their friends and family, while other personal problems complicate matters further. Written by KGF Vissers

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Writer/director Philippe Aractingi appears in the movie as one of the judges in the dance contest. See more »

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Lebaness actors must find some other career!
29 April 2006 | by (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

I saw "Bosta" (a.k.a "Dance thing" and "Digi Dabki movie"!) at the theater next to my home and I have to say I'm glad that I only spent Dhr 15. I wouldn't have dared to waste my money on seeing it in a public theater in fear of how bad it might have been.

The story line itself was very reminiscent of many old movies such as Abdul Haleem's late colored movies and many more, but wasn't as well thought out and constructed as it could have been. The plot revolves around an aspiring Dabki dancer cruising Lebanon for to re-group his old palls and his lover all into one new age dabki style called Digi Dabki.(OMG)

You can pretty much guess what happens next: The guy tries hard to fight all obstacles and get all his team together; The team regroups; He loves a girl; he tries so hard to get her back; the group faces problem (dah) and then the Dream comes true, Horryyyyyyy.

There are parts where the film tries to be touching and poignant... but, the acting and inability to emote on-screen feeling was totally lost due to what I call "Lame Lebanese Acting". If it wasn't for the imagery and scenery I would've left the theater from the 10th minute, because at that time the story was so clear and I already became bored.

All in all, the movie was only about a 2/10. The familiar story line seems like a clear rip off from the many previously famous films, but with a bad try in introducing a new crazy idea (what the hick is Digi Dabki, I mean my 3 years young cousin can give you better ideas!).

Bad acting lead one to believe that just because you are a successful video clip director doesn't necessarily mean you can act. The only exceptions to this are: The Bus and... nothing else!! What also bothered me about the movie was the fact that it felt like if I was watching a "National Geographic" documentary, which is seriously "NOT COOL" inside a theater; many wide quite shots with no any intention except the fact of showing some tree or background image, I mean come on, if you want to show a country then do a documentary, more pleasing and can also gain prizes and respect and fame, if that's what you are looking for!

When the movie was pending release I read a review in which "Bosta" was referred to as "The Lebanese New Film-making Age" and that's EXACTLY what it was, a new age of failure and bad film-making in general. Save yourself the torment and go rent "Ramadan Fouq Al Borkan" whose star Adel Imam is living proof that just because you are known in one realm of the entertainment industry, doesn't necessarily mean you have to cross over to the other.


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