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Tragedy strikes when the Zayyad family loses its patriarch under mysterious circumstances, leaving the surviving members to fend for themselves within a judgmental community in Southern Lebanon.

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Zayn Alexander
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Credited cast:
Zayn Alexander ... Rami
Hala Basma Safieddine Hala Basma Safieddine ... Alia
Pascale Seigneurie Pascale Seigneurie ... Noura
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In a coastal town in Southern Lebanon, the Zayyad family seemed to have it all: A hotel by the sea, a lasting marriage, and strong family ties. But this seemingly perfect portrait takes a hit when the father dies under mysterious circumstances. Alia, the bereaved wife, is intent on lying about her husband's cause of death in order to maintain appearances, despite the vehement objections of her adult children, Rami and Noura. One hour before the mourners' arrival, and still struggling to agree on a course of action, Alia, Noura and Rami are forced to reevaluate the long dysfunctional family dynamic that brought them here in the first place. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama

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Beautifully shot story with an incredible cast
9 April 2020 | by adamashrafelsayighSee all my reviews

Manara tells the story of a Lebanese family navigating the loss of their father, who killed himself. As the family grapples with how their community will think about his death and invent lies and role plays about it, their psyches and familial bonds begin to untangle, the matriarch insisting on maintaining the facade that the father merely drowned. The film perfectly depicts the rippling effects of a society that fails to understand or have the vocabulary to talk about mental health.

Alexander's directing, characterized by subtle close ups on representations of the three character's grief is marvelous. The script, by Seigneurie, is engaging and concise. Safieddine's acting is exceptional. The cinematography, lighting, and production design are particularly strong.

Truly a must watch that sheds light on Lebanese society.


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Country:

Lebanon

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

4 September 2019 (Italy) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tyre, Lebanon

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ZMA Entertainment See more »
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1.85 : 1
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