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West Beyrouth (West Beirut)

West Beyrouth (West Beirut) (1999)

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Lebanese writer Ziad Dolueiri made his directorial debut with this French-Lebanese-Belgian-Norwegian co-production, an autobiographical drama with Arabic and French dialogue. In 1975, after self-confident Tarek (Rami Doueiri, the director's brother) witnesses the start of civil war, he and his pal Omar (Mohamad Chamas) are picked up by Tarek's mother Hala (Carmen Lebbos), a lawyer married to Riad (Joseph Bou Nasser). The next day, Hala is ready to flee, but Riad refuses. With school closed,

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Art House & International, Drama

Ziad Doueiri

Apr 24, 2001

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This warm and very smart comedy is set against the backdrop of a war-torn city, like Hope and Glory's London. It's human and never stoops to sanctimony.

March 10, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Yes. A war zone can be fun for restless teens with hot blood and a passion for mischief.

April 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In this cross-cultural gem, we are touched as the characters struggle to keep their souls alive in the midst of war.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Doueiri deserves credit for the courage of his effort, for his obvious desire to go beyond the fictional boundaries of moviemaking to illustrate the continuing plight of the Lebanese people.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Shares a wealth of perceptive observation that knits together into a moving memoir.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

A story worth telling.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A superficial war story that trivializes its important and compelling subject matter and eventually becomes an endurance test for viewers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comments (2)
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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