A hot summer's day in the Gaza Strip. Today the electricity is on. Christine's beauty salon is heaving with female clients: a bride-to-be, a pregnant woman, a bitter divorcée, a devout woman and a pill-popping addict. But their day of leisure is disrupted when gunfire breaks out across the street. A gangland family has stolen the lioness from Gaza's only zoo, and Hamas has decided it's time to settle old scores. Stuck in the salon, with the prospect of death drawing ever nearer, the women start to unravel. How will the day end? Will they lose their lives for the sake of "liberating the lioness"?Written by
An interesting article about this film, signed Clémentie Gallot, entitled "Gaza vu du salon", can be read in the French newspaper "Libération" # 10572 (SARL Libération), Paris, 18-5-2015, ISSN: 0335-1793.
Snapshot of 1 day in Gaza. Slowburning and claustrophobic portrait of 10 female customers in a women's hairdresser shop, who despite war, try to go about their daily business
Over an hour long we see a portrait of about 10 women going about their daily business, being constrained in a women's hairdresser shop in Gaza. They are all trying to exclude the war that is ocassionally raging outside.
Sudden lack of power stops the hair dryer from working though . The make up starts running too, because the airco doesnt work anymore. The entrance door cant be opened for some fresh air, because of the presence of men with weapons out on the street in front of the hairdresser's shop. But a bride to be is still in need of a hair cut, she has to be helped before she will attend the wedding in a few hours. Will she be able to travel outside though, when there is a sudden spike in violence outside the hairdresser's shop? Another woman is pregnant and in sudden need of medical attention, but she doesnt dare travel outside either, when violence on the streets suddenly errupts.
Lack in supplies of fuel, medicine and transportation and all kinds of other pragmatical worries of these female customers at the hairdresser in Gaza are being portrayed with great eye for detail. Slowburning and increasingly claustrophobic portrait of 1 day in life in Gaza at the hairdresser, where everybody tries to exclude the terror of war outside, in order to be able to lead a reasonably normal life. But the war outside unvoluntarily locks them inside the hairdresser anyway, however hard they try to forget about it for a few hours.
How these women deal with the terror of war in Gaza, while being constrained in a hairdresser shop is humbling to see, because of their perserverence in wanting to lead a normal and peaceful life under such devastating conditions in Gaza.
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