The Band's Visit (2007)
Critic Consensus: The Band's Visit is both a clever, subtle slice-of-life comedy, and poignant cross-cultural exploration.
A band composed of members of the Egyptian police force heads to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.
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Critic Reviews for The Band's Visit
Like no fish-out-of-water film in recent memory, it leaves you with the hope that these fish will find their way back to water, and maybe learn to share that puddle before the desert dries it up entirely.
[Writer/director Eran] Kolirin finds bittersweet humor in the comedy of their melancholy lives and fumbling efforts at communication and common ground
Filmmaker Kolirin shows Israelis what they've been missing, and the rest of us what the Middle East could be, in the gentle, human-scale antics of the confused Egyptian band.
A conventional humanistic parable that it is wise and graceful all the same
Audience Reviews for The Band's Visit
A trip to Israeli nowheresville by a minor Egyptian civic band is an occasion for a interesting little filmic investigation into what forces make us all tick. Everyone expects trouble ... and are pleasantly disappointed. Slowly budding revelation sparkles like light on a pond across the faces of this cast of unknowns.
A touching and considered slice of life that's kind of like those small-town-in-the-Midwest movies where everyone's in pain, except it happens in the Israeli desert, and the new guys in town are a police band from Egypt. A lean film, but one that still takes its time, and one that was well lauded on the festival circuit. Definitely worth a look - reminded me of Wim Wenders for no obvious reason.
An enormously touching slice-of-life drama that I really connected with.
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The Band's Visit Quotes
|Itzik:||You know, maybe this is how your concerto ends. I mean, not a big end with trumpets and violin. Maybe this is the finish, just like that suddenly.Not sad, not happy, just a small room with a lamp, abed,a child sleeps, and tons of loneliness.|
|Tawfiq:||It's the sound of water and waves, and distant children playing on the beach, and the sound of the bait falling in the water. In the early hours at sea you can hear the whole world like, like a symphony.|
|Tawfiq:||Music today is not that important anymore.|
|Dina:||What do you mean?|
|Tawfiq:||Well, people today care about other things, money, efficiency, worth.|
|Dina:||People are stupid, aren't they?|
|Tawfiq:||Yes, they are sometimes.|
|Haled:||Aren't we going to eat today? I did not join the police to starve to death. And anyhow, I'm not really sure that you know where we're going.|
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