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Despite living in a doomed country that hangs by a thread, Joud, a handsome sound engineer meets and falls in love with strong and free-spirited Rana. The young lovers, from completely ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nagham Abboud Nagham Abboud ... Assistant Director
Rafik Ali Ahmad Rafik Ali Ahmad ... The Lecturer
Bshara Atallah Bshara Atallah ... Film director
Hadi Bou Ayash Hadi Bou Ayash ... Joud
Joseph Bou Nassar Joseph Bou Nassar ... The father
Josyane Boulos Josyane Boulos ... Nurse
Ranine Chaar Ranine Chaar ... Singer
Lama Lawand Lama Lawand ... The mother
Yara Bou Nassar Yara Bou Nassar ... Marwa
Thomas Russel Thomas Russel ... Marwa's Fiance
Ruba Zarour ... Rana
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Despite living in a doomed country that hangs by a thread, Joud, a handsome sound engineer meets and falls in love with strong and free-spirited Rana. The young lovers, from completely different social and religious backgrounds, are drawn closer to each other, but a drastic turn of events gets between them and Rana suddenly slips away. As her parents forbid Joud from seeing her, the young man determined to see her again, finds new means of communicating with her by convincing Marwa, her sister, to download his voice messages and secretly play them to Rana

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Country:

Lebanon

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

9 February 2017 (Lebanon) See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Fantascope Production See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16 : 9
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a missed opportunity
22 February 2017 | by melancholicmoonSee all my reviews

So much could have been done with this, because the plot line is interesting. Alas, when the lead male "actor" is about as expressive as a wall, it is hard to sympathize with his quest, let alone find it convincing. A mug can act better than that, even if it may not look as pretty on camera.

Almost everyone at the theater was laughing at the "cliche" lines, the poorly-written dialogue taken from an old Arabic dictionary and some book of proverbs and outdated expressions, the wooden vs exaggerated acting, etc. Even the sex scenes lacked emotion and were poorly directed ; but I think it is the first Lebanese movie that dares to produce any, so a thumb up for that.

The only thing that really saved this film was the excellent sound effects and the decent coloring, and it is not surprising, considering the post-production was handled by none other than The Postoffice.


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