The Band's Visit (2007)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: The Band's Visit is both a clever, subtle slice-of-life comedy, and poignant cross-cultural exploration.


Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Eran Kolirin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2008
Box Office: $3.0M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Band's Visit

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (33)

The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny.

Full Review… | April 13, 2008
Film.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

[Writer/director Eran] Kolirin finds bittersweet humor in the comedy of their melancholy lives and fumbling efforts at communication and common ground

Full Review… | August 3, 2011
Turner Classic Movies Online

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

A conventional humanistic parable that it is wise and graceful all the same

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
CinePassion

Not so much a story about Jews and Arabs finding a way to get along as it is a nonpolitical story about people discovering the humanity in others, in all their scared, awkward beauty.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Times-Picayune

Audience Reviews for The Band's Visit

½

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.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.

danperry17
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

½

An enormously touching slice-of-life drama that I really connected with.

*more thoughts soon*

YLOWBSTARDreturns
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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