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Blind Intersections (2012)

Three protagonists, one city... Coming from different backgrounds, they pass each other but they never meet, though, the effect of one incident will drastically alter the lives of the three... See full summary »

Director:

Lara Saba

Writer:

Nebal Araqji
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alae Hamoud Alae Hamoud ... Marwan
Ghida Nouri Ghida Nouri ... Nour
Carole Hajj Carole Hajj ... India
Chadi Haddad Chadi Haddad ... Dr. Karim Chehab
Leyla Hakim Leyla Hakim ... Nour's Grandmother (as Leila Hakim)
Charbel Ziade Charbel Ziade ... Malek
Nebal Araqji Nebal Araqji ... Zeina
Caroline Hatem Caroline Hatem ... Nancy
Josyane Boulos Josyane Boulos ... Nawal (as Josiane Boulos)
Mario Naim Bassil Mario Naim Bassil ... Fruit Seller (as Mario Bassil)
Nasri Sayegh Nasri Sayegh ... Nasri
Tony Abou Jaoudeh Tony Abou Jaoudeh ... Selim
Ibrahim Abu Jawde Ibrahim Abu Jawde ... Banker
Georges Baz Georges Baz ... Wassim
Vanessa Majdalani Vanessa Majdalani ... Miya
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Three protagonists, one city... Coming from different backgrounds, they pass each other but they never meet, though, the effect of one incident will drastically alter the lives of the three of them! Three characters, caught at a moment when their lives fell over, in just a matter of seconds... knocked down by a chain of other's actions/reactions... Written by Nibal Arakji

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Official submission of Lebanon to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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A Shameless Amores Perros Rip-Off: Don't Waste Your Time.
27 February 2013 | by boycottmsqrdSee all my reviews

Lara Saba's feature debut poor attempts to be a "realistic portrayal" of Lebanese society. There are three principle characters: Nour, whose family dies in a car accident; Andia, a woman who can't come to terms with being childless; and Marwan, a boy with an alcoholic mother who abuses him.

The film suffers from the melodrama that all too often weakens Arab cinema. Inside of fully realized characters, you have exhausted Lebanese clichés translated to film. There is no originality in this film's script or its directing: look at any local film schools in Beirut, and you'll easily find several student films, stemming from the past several years, mirroring this exact visual and narrative style.

In short: Blind Intersections--or 39 Seconds--is a terribly written, terribly directed, terribly acted rip-off of Amores Perros.


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Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

21 February 2013 (Lebanon) See more »

Also Known As:

39 Seconds See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,920
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2.35 : 1
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