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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.

Director:

Nadine Labaki

Writers:

Thomas Bidegain (collaboration), Rodney El Haddad (as Rodney Al Haddid) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

France | Lebanon | Egypt | Italy

Language:

Arabic | English | Russian

Release Date:

14 September 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Where Do We Go Now? See more »

Filming Locations:

Lebanon

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,382, 13 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$531,813, 9 September 2012
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first film ever to be jointly released in the Middle East and North Africa by 3 competing companies: Front Row Filmed Entertainment, The Kuwait National Cinema Company and Empire International. 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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Featured in Fokus på Film fra Sør (2011) See more »

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Kifou Hal Helou
Written by Khaled Mouzanar
Performed by Khaled Mouzanar, Mouzanar, Nadine Labaki & Julian Farhat
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Superb film..well worth the watch
18 November 2012 | by mountainstonePTSee all my reviews

The storyline on this wonderful small film shot in Lebanon and other locations, is that the women of this part of the middle east are just fed up with the senseless death of their sons, brothers and fathers, due to religious sectarianism. The steps they go to, to end this insanity are wonderfully funny, and very much to the point of what is needed to break the cycle of violence.

The script is a gem. The team of writers, including director and co-star Nadine Labaki, is just great. It pulls us from comedy through tenderness and tragedy. The acting troupe is very good, very believable. It seems to be shot on location, sets are real enough to make you believe you are there.

The cinematography is great, really showing the town as it is, and placing you very much in the middle of the scenes. Nice lighting, color balance is warm and soft, giving a very homey look to the locations.

It's all too seldom that we who are not in the middle of a internal civil war such as this get to see a window into the world that is trying to hang on to it's sanity, not yet having fallen over the precipice into full scale chaos.

This is a very wonderful, funny, and poignant window into that world, told by people who are very close to the real situation. It could not have been invented by a California filmmaker.

It falls into the classes of films like "The Debt" and "of Gods and Men", stories of middle eastern conflict that are not set pieces, or play to western stereotypes of what is happening there, though it is much 'lighter' and less of a drama than those. This has much more light hearted nature than those films.

9 stars out of ten, for wonderful original storyline, wonderful unknown cast, good acting, great cinematography, nice weaving of humour and pathos, contemporary story, without being trite, solid editing. Also just a good movie, beyond all the technical nonsense.

So if you have read this far, saw those other films, and liked them, you likely will like this better. Again, hard to imagine you will be disappointed in this gem.


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