Habibi Rasak Kharban (Habibi) (2012)

Habibi Rasak Kharban (Habibi)

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Habibi, a story of forbidden love, is a fiction feature set in Gaza. Two students in the West Bank are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love defies tradition. To reach his lover, Qays grafittis poetry across town. Habibi is a modern re-telling of the famous ancient Sufi parable Majnun Layla. The full Arabic title is Habibi Rasak Kharban, which translates as "darling, something's wrong with your head." (c) Official Site

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Susan Youssef
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This American-Palestinian coproduction paints a vivid picture of daily life in the occupied territories, though it's fairly heavy-handed as drama.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
Chicago Reader
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[It] has a gritty, low-budget realism as it depicts day-to-day life under the threat of violence and age-old cultural and generational obstacles.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013
Boston Globe
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A low-budget romancer with more heart than style.

Full Review… | December 5, 2012
Variety
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Despite moments of dour power and a likable female lead, the couple's predicament is all too often flatly staged and acted out.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
New York Times
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Full Review… | May 9, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
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Based on a 9th-century poem about similar lovers at the mercy of historical turmoil, Youssef's debut film captures the ecstasy and desperation of frustrated passion as it presents a desolate portrait of Palestine today.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Boston Phoenix

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