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In Syria (2017)

Insyriated (original title)
A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

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Philippe Van Leeuw
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiam Abbass ... Oum Yazan
Diamand Bou Abboud ... Halima
Juliette Navis Juliette Navis ... Delhani
Mohsen Abbas Mohsen Abbas ... Abou Monzer
Moustapha Al Kar Moustapha Al Kar ... Samir
Alissar Kaghadou Alissar Kaghadou ... Yara
Ninar Halabi Ninar Halabi ... Aliya
Jihad Sleik Jihad Sleik ... Yazan
Elias Khatter Elias Khatter ... Karim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Husam Chadat ... Le premier homme
Issan Dib Issan Dib ... Le premier brancardier
Orwa Khultum Orwa Khultum ... Le deuxième homme
Madjd Tarabay Madjd Tarabay ... Halima and Samir's baby
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Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, a mother of three turns her flat into a safe harbour for her family and neighbours in an attempt to protect them from the war raging on the streets of Damascus, in the latest from Philippe Van Leeuw (The Life of Jesus).

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Drama | War

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Country:

Belgium | France | Lebanon

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

6 September 2017 (France) See more »

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$273,873
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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

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1.85 : 1
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French visa # 144414. See more »

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Dakhlak Ya Tayr El Werwar
Written by Elias Rahbani (SACEM)
(P) A. Chahine (SACEM)
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Syrian War based drama that is both intense and visceral
5 April 2018 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Set somewhere in Syria in the ongoing Civil War we meet Oum Yazan (Hiam Abass -- 'Bladerunner 2049') who is holding out in her flat as the war rages. The block has been hit several times and she has barricaded herself in with her family and neighbours who she has taken in.



The every day tasks of life - like dusting and cooking - take on a new emphasis as she struggles to adapt to incessant change whilst trying to cling to some sense of normalcy. As the bombs get closer so does the horrors of war and cleaning the dust alone will no longer cut it.



Now this is an excellent film for various reasons. The tension is visceral and the acting is all flawless. However, it is the gripping nature of the story that pulls you in and the immediacy of what is happening - whilst the World does next to nothing to help the innocent victims.



It has a relatively short running time of 83 minutes and some will not be pleased at the ending - but how do you have an ending when the end is still (as I write) not yet in sight? Made in a Belgian, French and Lebanese co production and presented in Arabic with good sub titles. If you like your cinema to be challenging thought provoking and stray from the beaten path then this may very well suit you - recommended.


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