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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
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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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5 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Sous les Bombes: Intolerably Aggravating, 22 February 2010

A film which attempts to draw focus to the civilian side of the ongoing Israel-Lebanon conflict, Sous les Bombes has received commendation for its gritty socio-political commentary. The film employs real footage of the country's devastation in the wake of the 2006 bombing, adding a realistic edge and real-world feeling.

The film is the story of a desperate mother searching for her son and sister in war-torn Lebanon. With everybody fleeing North, she can find only one taxi who will take her South to find her incontactable family.

Sous les Bombes has one major problem which, for me, made the film almost unbearable at times. Quite simply, it's the wrong medium. This film should be a documentary. The story is insufficiently captivating to negate this feeling and we are subsequently force-fed in an intolerably aggravating manner the director's opinions, disguised as a piece of fiction. There are two scenes which feature our heroine hitting her head repeatedly off the cab window in infuriated frustration, and I really did feel like it was my head being smacked against the glass. Over and over and over again, the characters discuss in a monotonous and relentless way the travesties of war. Now, of course these things are terrible, and the film does make something of an impact in showing us the destruction in these images, but the very fact that this is not a documentary is hard to believe at times. "Our families are gone, this is terrible, I have no home" is a line heard in different words far too many times for the viewer to keep from ripping every follicle from his head. And the painfully overstated opinions of the film are echoed in the predictable and entirely unsurprising ending. I was completely frustrated for the entire thing.

Make no mistake about it, Sous les Bombes carries an important message, but would some subtlety hurt? The plot is tossed aside in order to shove a morality tale down our throats, and the sexually suspect taxi driver comes across as a lazy afterthought. Perhaps even the director realised the film's inherent flaws and made a last ditch effort to spice up the story. In the end, it bears no memorability, and is just plain offensive. Someone please tell Philippe Aractingi to make a documentary next time.

End note: The central performance, though even itself irritating at times, earns the film some respect. Thank you Nada Abou Farhat.

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