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Where Do We Go Now? (2011)

Et maintenant on va où? (original title)
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A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Baz Moussawbaa ...
Layla Hakim ...
Afaf
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Amale
Yvonne Maalouf ...
Yvonne
Antoinette Noufaily ...
Saydeh
Julian Farhat ...
Rabih
Ali Haidar ...
Roukoz
Kevin Abboud ...
Nassim
Petra Saghbini ...
Rita
Mostafa Al Sakka ...
Hammoudi
Sasseen Kawzally ...
Issam
Caroline Labaki ...
Aïda
Anjo Rihane ...
Fatmeh
Mohammad Aqil ...
Abou Ahmad (as Mohammad Akil)
Gisèle Smeden ...
Gisèle
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Storyline

Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together for years in this small Lebanese village, but animosities begin to build among the men as a result of slights and misunderstandings. The women of the village conspire to avert sectarian strife though a series of harebrained plans, none of which succeeds in slowing down the escalating spiral of violence. When tragedy strikes, the women find themselves driven to make a deeply personal sacrifice for the sake of peace. Written by The Oddball

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A film by Nadine Labaki about faith, hope and love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic drug material, some sensuality and violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 September 2011 (France)  »

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Where Do We Go Now?  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,382 (USA) (11 May 2012)

Gross:

$531,813 (USA) (7 September 2012)
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Kuwait censorship cut the film to shreds eliminating the dancing scene with the Russians. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Amale: [narrating] The story I tell is for all who want to hear. A tale of those who fast, a tale of those who pray, a tale of a lonely town, mines scattered all around. Caught up in a war, split to its very core. To clans with broken hearts under a burning sun. Their hands stained with blood in the name of a cross or a crescent. From this lonely place, which has chosen peace, whose history is spun of barbed wire and guns.
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Pax Ukrania
Written by Khaled Mouzanar
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19 November 2011 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Nadine Labaki proves she is a talented director with a lot to say. she breaks many "regional" taboos, like the use of candid language, only to be honest in the messages she wants to deliver and the picture she wants to reflect. In a way, due to lack of film production in the region, society has evolved and changed a lot in the past few decades and now we need someone like Nadine to provide a true mirror and a strong message. Dealing with the question of religion in a country that suffered from civil war is not an easy task, yet it is done in a subtle way that doesn't offend anyone. Delivering messages of the role of woman is also presented delicately and a nice sense of humour, thus ensuring the message is spelled out clearly without any preaching. It is a very positive film, well crafted in all aspects, scenario, shooting and most importantly, depicting the characteristics that makes any society special, yet part of the eternal human quest for a better life. There was a bit of too much melodrama, but in defense of the film

  • and from first hand experience, this is the way mothers lament and


wail when losing a child. It is a very Mediterranean thing; perhaps the Italians and Greek can understand this element best. I avoided reading any reviews before drafting mine in order not to be influenced by any thoughts. In short, it is a well done film that revives hope of cultural life sprouting again from this region and reaching the world. Well done Nadine, looking forward to see your next film.


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