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Under the Bombs (2007)

Sous les bombes (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama, Romance, War | 21 March 2008 (UK)
In the wake of Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.

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Credited cast:
Nada Abou Farhat ...
Zeina
Georges Khabbaz ...
Tony
Rawia Elchab ...
Hotel Receptionist
Bshara Atallah ...
Journalist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elham Abbas ...
Saïda - dans l'école
Iman Affara ...
Saïda - dans l'école
Zahra Ali ...
Saïda - dans l'école
Ali Maerouf Amer ...
L'enfant Ali
Ali Azour ...
Le chauffeur de camion
Georges Bajem ...
Ami de Tony
Ali Bakri ...
Le policier
Kamal Balhas ...
Le père de Zaynab
Zaynab Balhas ...
Zaynab
Mohamed Bashasha ...
Le responsable port de Saïda
Inaya Bazzi ...
Saïda - dans l'école
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Under the bombs, a woman searches for her son. A man accompanies her. They have nothing in common. Toni is Christian and dreams of leaving the country. Zeina is Shiite, and has emigrated to Dubai. Back in Lebanon to try and save her son, she realizes she doesn't want to leave anymore. And yet, despite this all, Toni and Zeina will love each other, as a kind of response to the death striking all around them. Written by Anonymous

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A film all Americans should see
19 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We were fortunate enough to see this film at the Sundace Film Festival, and I have rarely seen a more accomplished effort at portraying one of the worst atrocities of the past decade. Director Philippe Aractingi's ability to bring two feature actors into Lebanon on the tenth of thirty-three days of brutal Israeli bombing is nothing short of magnificent. Before seeing the film, I thought it may be a better case study of the war-torn environment left by the indescriminate bombing of civilian areas by the Israeli Army, with some actors thrown in at the last minute in a patchwork attempt to create a feature film. I was painfully wrong. This film is a compelling character drama told through the eyes of real people experiencing the worst kind of hell on earth. With unbelievable footage of the actors in the middle of the ongoing conflict, international media coverage, and the U.N. relief mission, Aractingi deftly (and powerfully) combines his fictional characters will real life survivors to tell the story of a mother trying to find her son in the ruins of war-torn Lebanon. The main character's decision to hire the initially lecherous, but ultimately compassionate and sympathetic taxi driver Tony to take her on her journey results in a touching tale of humanity and the place of individuals in a world beyond they're control. When asked about his filming techniques in the Q&A after the movie, Aractingi expressed his desire for the movie to be seen for the message it carries, as it should be.


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