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Sunduq al-dunyâ (2002)

Four families live together in an isolated house in the mountains, where conflicts erupt between the generations.

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Credited cast:
Zuhair Abdlulkarim ... 3rd Man (as Zuhair Abdulkarim)
Fares Al-Helou ... 2nd Man (as Fares Helou)
Caresse Bashar ... 2nd Woman
Elias Ghannam ... 3rd Boy
Meerna Ghannam ... Fairouza
Muhammad Hamad ... 2nd Boy
Nihal Khateeb ... Kubra
Bassam Kousa ... The 1st Man
Ali Muhammad ... Akhdar
Amal Omran ... 1rst Woman
Hala Omran ... 3rd Woman
Maha Saleh ... Khadra
Mustafa Sbeih ... 1st Boy
Rafeeq Subaiee ... Akbar
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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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A Real Masterpiece
6 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

A surreal depiction of life in a village out of a strikingly beautiful Syrian landscape. Oussama Mohammad's immensely visual representation of love, hate, violence and family relationships is no less than a masterpiece... and I am using this word here without any reservations! While I usually feel more at home with popular cinema, this particular film is among the very few films, and maybe even the only film within the surrealist tradition that made me feel as enthralled as I did when I first saw Bunuel's 1933 masterpiece 'Land without Bread'.

Every single shot in the film is an equivalent to an elaborate canvas which brings forwards the harsh yet captivating detailed textures of life and culture in a timeless small Arab peasant village, all set to the background of the Syrian mountain region facing the Mediterranean. If it wasn't for traditional anti-Arab bias in Film Festival circles, this film would have been appreciated as one of the most important cinematic events at least over the last ten years.


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