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Under the Bombs (2007)

Sous les bombes (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama, Romance, War | 21 March 2008 (UK)
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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.


Philippe Aractingi
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Nada Abou Farhat Nada Abou Farhat ... Zeina
Georges Khabbaz Georges Khabbaz ... Tony
Rawia Elchab Rawia Elchab ... Hotel Receptionist
Bshara Atallah Bshara Atallah ... Journalist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elham Abbas Elham Abbas ... Saïda - dans l'école
Iman Affara Iman Affara ... Saïda - dans l'école
Zahra Ali Zahra Ali ... Saïda - dans l'école
Ali Maerouf Amer Ali Maerouf Amer ... L'enfant Ali
Ali Azour Ali Azour ... Le chauffeur de camion
Georges Bajem Georges Bajem ... Ami de Tony
Ali Bakri Ali Bakri ... Le policier
Kamal Balhas Kamal Balhas ... Le père de Zaynab
Zaynab Balhas Zaynab Balhas ... Zaynab
Mohamed Bashasha Mohamed Bashasha ... Le responsable port de Saïda
Inaya Bazzi Inaya Bazzi ... Saïda - dans l'école


Under the bombs, a woman searches for her son. A man accompanies her. They have nothing in common. Toni is Christian and dreams of leaving the country. Zeina is Shiite, and has emigrated to Dubai. Back in Lebanon to try and save her son, she realizes she doesn't want to leave anymore. And yet, despite this all, Toni and Zeina will love each other, as a kind of response to the death striking all around them. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance | War


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Arabic | English | French

Release Date:

21 March 2008 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Lebanon's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Alternate Versions

After he had received criticisms about the (very soft) sex scene, the director Philippe Aractingi made a version of the movie without this sex scene, for Arab countries. See more »

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Brings the devastation and anger front and center--vivid, powerful stuff
28 September 2012 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Under the Bombs (2007)

I can picture this being required viewing for anyone wanting a view of the kind of back and forth fighting between Israel and its many unfriendly neighbors. The devastation from superior Israeli firepower is horrifying. And you can see better the anger that ordinary Lebanese citizens--Muslim and Christian both--have toward the apparently insensitive Israelis.

The way this is unfolded is a convergence of two kinds of victims of the violence--a mother looking for her child and a taxi driver who she hires to take her around. In the searching we see all of Southern Lebanon's worst destruction--the real thing, shot on site--and we feel the frustration and hatred in all the people at the situation. We also see that it comes down to coping, as well, with a sense of resignation, that it's all out of their reach, even if the bombs reach them all too easily.

So, you'll cry and be in ruins yourself if you let yourself be absorbed. There is eventually going to be a sense that the movie plays the same chords for too long. The search keeps taking new turns, but the rubble, the anger, and sorry, the frustration, and even the relationship between the leads stays relatively the same. It's only in this last respect--a highly unlikely meeting of minds and hearts between to very different classes of people--that there is some evolution.

And the search, of course, has a kind of resolution that is sudden and a bit surprising. There are moments of movie drama along the way (the car stalls at the worst possible time, of course, and that kind of thing), but mostly it's about being transported to this very real war torn place using modern cinematography. The acting is intensely strong, and the basic story line heart wrenching.

Yes, see it, for those aspects that are overwhelming and necessary to understand as much as possible.

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