The Mesopotamian Marshes, at the delta of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, in the south of Iraq. This is where Mastour and Zahra grow up. Shortly after their marriage, Mastour and Zahra are... See full synopsis »
A personal essay which analyses and compares images of the political upheavals of the 1960s. From the military coup in Brazil to China's Cultural Revolution, from the student uprisings in Paris to the end of the Prague Spring.
Hector, who met Truquette at the Louvre on July 14, has only one concern since then: seduce this girl. The best way to do so is by taking her to the sea. Pator, his friend, is accompanying him along with Truquette's girlfriend, Charlotte.
A French young woman unexpectedly dies in Berlin, where she lives with her boyfriend. Her sudden passing ruins the lives of her famliy and partner. They struggle to find new meaning in Paris, Annecy and New York.
Anders Danielsen Lie,
Part I: BEFORE THE FALL (duration: 2h40m) : For several months, the director filmed a group of Iraqis, mostly members of his family, in their expectation of the war. This first part of the film ends with the start of U.S. strikes on Baghdad. Part II: AFTER THE BATTLE (duration: 2h54m) : Americans invades Iraq and the film shows the consequences of this invasion on the daily life of the characters. The film ends with the violent death of one of the main characters: the nephew of the filmmaker, twelve years old boy Haidar.
Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) is the story of a country in turmoil, told through the experience of one family in particular : the director's family. But this is not a weighty history lesson. The major events takes place off-screen. We experience their repercussions on the life of the protagonists. Without avoiding the ceremonial events (birth, death, marriage) that usually punctuate this sort of family chronicle, the author-director focuses on the textures of daily existence. His project stands as a monumental act of testimony, teeming with evocative incident and Proustian detail. 'Homeland' means here both 'home' and 'native land'. It is a film about a home, a country and real life looked at through the eyes of real people. There's no heroism here, just the everyday life of normal people confronted to ordinary and extraordinary events. All human life is here: tragedy, comedy, death and fleeting moments of daily existence. Inevitably much of the story deals with the war, and it is fascinating to see how things evolve, coming up to a brutal, fatal term which leaves us heartbroken.
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