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It's an approachable film that handles a serious topic deftly and offers a fresh take on a familiar subject.
While the schemes occasionally seem strained, their desperate determination is never less than compelling.
Where Do We Go Now? has a heart and an anger to offset its structural fuzziness. It's refreshingly open-minded about faith, too.
So the interrogative title is left to hover over the ending, as it does over all those tension-filled places near and far. Speaking as a foolish man, I had high hopes for these wise women - given the historic alternative, I still do.
Casting herself (as the proprietor of the local cafe) along with a mix of professional and nonprofessional actors, Labaki tries to get across her give-peace-a-chance message with humor, with song, with melodrama.
The film's blend of pathos, broad comedy and the occasional musical number is a little lumpy. But with sectarian violence continuing to scar the globe, its light tone provides a refreshing response.
Its occasional entertainment value aside, the picture is also blithe to the point of being flimsy.
The movie gets mired in these deceptive mechanics. It shows no curiosity about the hatred, so the characters seem less than whole.
It's the sort of well-meaning fable that's ultimately more admirable than persuasive.
The film aims to be a gentle comedy (there are even some songs approaching musical numbers) with serious undercurrents. It stumbles most when reaching for its bigger themes.
An absurdist fantasy on a solemn theme, Where Do We Go Now? suffers from a serious clash of styles, but it's also brave and startlingly funny - at one point verging on "Mamma Mia!" - when it isn't bleak or shocking.
By the time the women pull off their climactic stunt, the film's been undone by its ungainly mix of heavy-handed comedy and melodrama.

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