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Under the Bombs -- Filmed on location during the 2006 Lebanon-Israeli conflict, a sly Christian taxi driver takes a long-estranged Shiite expat to the countryside to scour the rubble for her young son. Lebanon. Arabic with English subtitles. Winner - Altre Visioni and Human Rights Film Award - Venice Film Festival. Winner - Dubai Int'l FF. Official Selection - Sundance, Seattle and Stockholm Int'l FF.
Under the Bombs -- 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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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
Ahmad Chaalan ... Volontaire de la croix rouge
Georges Chahine ... L'ami de Tony
Roy Bu Daher ... Volontaire de la croix rouge
Najat Darwish ... Saïda - dans l'école
Akila Dawi ... Saïda - dans l'école
Ali Dawi ... Saïda - dans l'école
Haifa El Khatib ... La femme de la station service
Zaynab El Sayed ... Saïda - dans l'école
Mohamed Fakih ... Saïda - dans l'école
Antonio Feghali ... Le religieux
Orla Guerin ... La journaliste de la BBC
Hussein Hadraj ... Volontaire de la croix rouge
Harwan Hijazi ... Saïda - dans l'école
Nadine Kahil ... Volontaire de la croix rouge
Hussein Koudouh ... Ami d'Ali
Sawsan Mawaseen ... Saïda - dans l'école
Ali Mcheimech ... Le vieillard
Hadi Medhi ... Tarek
Selti Meixner ... Journaliste
Mohamed Mroueh ... Saïda - dans l'école
Paul Rafael ... Ami d'Ali
Mounifeh Salameh ... La tante de Tony
Wallid Sallah ... Saïda - dans l'école
Amin Saïd ... Ami de Tony
Sultan Sleiman ... Journaliste
Hanna Snarberg ... Journaliste
Aycha Takach ... Saïda - dans l'école
Emilie Tannous ... La religieuse
Noémie Videau ... Journaliste
Sami Yarbek ... Volontaire de la croix rouge

Directed by
Philippe Aractingi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe Aractingi 
Michel Léviant 

Produced by
Philippe Aractingi .... producer
Hervé Chabalier .... producer
Claude Chelli .... executive producer
François Cohen-Séat .... producer
Maya Hariri .... co-producer (as Maya Zouai-Hariri)
Joffrey Hutin .... co-producer
Nathalie Leyendecker .... executive producer
Henri Magalon .... co-executive producer
Paul Raphael .... producer
Bruno Seznec .... co-producer
Original Music by
René Aubry 
Lazare Boghossian 
Cinematography by
Nidal Abdul Khalek 
Film Editing by
Deena Charara 
Production Management
Benedicte Gardies .... post-production manager
Elisabeth Giusti .... production manager
Nathalie Juchet .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bshara Atallah .... first assistant director
Hiba Njahdi .... second assistant director
Anjo Rihane .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Mouhab Chanehsaz .... sound recordist
Fabien Devillers .... sound re-recording mixer
Rana Eid .... sound editor
Piste Rouge .... sound: studio
Bruno Seznec .... sound studio manager
Bruno Seznec .... sound supervisor
Visual Effects by
Franck Ravel .... color artist
Editorial Department
Franck Ravel .... colorist
Other crew
Sébastien Bouyges .... production assistant
Aurore Jactat .... legal
François Sauvagnargues .... fiction director: ARTE

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Also Known As:
"Sous les bombes" - France (original title)
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98 min
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Lebanon's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Brings the devastation and anger front and center--vivid, powerful stuff, 28 September 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

Under the Bombs (2007)

I can picture this being required viewing for anyone wanting a view of the kind of back and forth fighting between Israel and its many unfriendly neighbors. The devastation from superior Israeli firepower is horrifying. And you can see better the anger that ordinary Lebanese citizens--Muslim and Christian both--have toward the apparently insensitive Israelis.

The way this is unfolded is a convergence of two kinds of victims of the violence--a mother looking for her child and a taxi driver who she hires to take her around. In the searching we see all of Southern Lebanon's worst destruction--the real thing, shot on site--and we feel the frustration and hatred in all the people at the situation. We also see that it comes down to coping, as well, with a sense of resignation, that it's all out of their reach, even if the bombs reach them all too easily.

So, you'll cry and be in ruins yourself if you let yourself be absorbed. There is eventually going to be a sense that the movie plays the same chords for too long. The search keeps taking new turns, but the rubble, the anger, and sorry, the frustration, and even the relationship between the leads stays relatively the same. It's only in this last respect--a highly unlikely meeting of minds and hearts between to very different classes of people--that there is some evolution.

And the search, of course, has a kind of resolution that is sudden and a bit surprising. There are moments of movie drama along the way (the car stalls at the worst possible time, of course, and that kind of thing), but mostly it's about being transported to this very real war torn place using modern cinematography. The acting is intensely strong, and the basic story line heart wrenching.

Yes, see it, for those aspects that are overwhelming and necessary to understand as much as possible.

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