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The Box of Life (2002)

Sunduq al-dunyâ (original title)
Four families live together in an isolated house in the mountains, where conflicts erupt between the generations.


Ossama Mohammed


Ossama Mohammed
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Zuhair Abdlulkarim Zuhair Abdlulkarim ... 3rd Man (as Zuhair Abdulkarim)
Fares Al-Helou Fares Al-Helou ... 2nd Man (as Fares Helou)
Caresse Bashar Caresse Bashar ... 2nd Woman
Elias Ghannam Elias Ghannam ... 3rd Boy
Meerna Ghannam Meerna Ghannam ... Fairouza
Muhammad Hamad Muhammad Hamad ... 2nd Boy
Nihal Khateeb Nihal Khateeb ... Kubra
Bassam Kousa Bassam Kousa ... The 1st Man
Ali Muhammad Ali Muhammad ... Akhdar
Amal Omran Amal Omran ... 1rst Woman
Hala Omran Hala Omran ... 3rd Woman
Maha Saleh Maha Saleh ... Khadra
Mustafa Sbeih Mustafa Sbeih ... 1st Boy
Rafeeq Subaiee Rafeeq Subaiee ... Akbar


A tree, a house, emptiness, isolation. The head of the family, an old man, is at the point of death. He would like to give his name to one of his newborn grandsons but he does not acknowledge any of them before he dies. Three cousins without a name live in this primitive world. They seek pleasure and salvation. The first one in restraint and submission, the second in love, the third in power, violence and cruelty. The father of the second, back from war, gives the third the keys to a stronger and immense power. The tree looking upon since 1000 years contemplates what will happen in 2000 years. Written by Orwa Nyrabia

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Portentous made-for-festivals 'art' film
16 September 2004 | by daoodlSee all my reviews

Just what we need, one more made-for-festival art film with portentous photography and elliptical dialogue. In true art flick fashion unseen hands open and close doors, white doves flutter through on cue and dry-ice fog wafts by.

Unfortunately it's all been done before.

What a shame to waste such marvelous Syrian actors with amazingly expressive faces. No wonder it's never been shown in director Oussama Mohammad's homeland--everyone would walk out.

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May 2002 (France) See more »

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