Where Do We Go Now? (2012)
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Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, Where Do We Go Now? follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics
May 11, 2012 Limited
Sep 11, 2012
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site
Mostafa Al Sakka
Khalil Bou Khalil
Ziad Abou Absi
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This spirited troupe of women ... makes us citizens of the village, invested in their joys and fears. We grieve with them, under that burning sun, and hope with them for a lasting peace.
With elements of a musical, a melodrama and a multicultural romance, "Where Do We Go Now?" is as hard to define as the crossroads region where it's set.
This is energetic, bursting with sincerity, yet also frustrating and disappointing.
It is, at times, a charming reprieve from the usually dour cinematic explorations of Middle Eastern conflicts.
Labaki never claimed to be NoŽl Coward, but the facile comedy leads to a dilution of the message she strives so strenuously to make.
Drugs, exotic dancers, dodgy deities. This certainly isn't your usual po-faced, worthy Middle Eastern tale.
Part religiopolitical satire, part smalltown sitcom, with a hint of romance, Where Do We Go Now? is pleasingly populated with "characters" and light farce that occasionally breaks out into a movie musical.
The movie is set in a remote Lebanese village, but it's all over the map in terms of content and style. The elements never cohere, resulting in a film more admirable for its pacifist yearnings than for its execution.
Sometimes [Labaki] bites off more than she can chew, and the story's anti-war themes turn as heavy-handed and ponderous as the title question suggests.
Although the tone is often lighthearted, the subject matter between Christians and Muslims is more profound.
Labaki's use of abrupt tonal shifts can be jarring, but her narrative is ambitious and anything but typical.
Given recent developments in Egypt, the questions posed by this Arab Spring-themed musical comedy-drama from Lebanon could not feel more apt.
The stupidity of violence and...religious hatred are beautifully boiled down into a microcosm of humanity that [director Nadine] Labaki infuses with vibrant moments of laughter, music and an uneering sense of how differently men and women view the world.
If Christopher Hitchens were alive to see this film, he would be nodding in sad agreement at the depiction of violent behaviour fuelled by differences in religion
This bittersweet celebration of motherhood deftly blends wry satire with broad comedy while never losing sight of the tragedy of its subject matter.
Spirited, upbeat and seasoned with musical sequences, Where Do We Go Now? has an abundance of charm.
It's machine-tooled to raise smiles, swell hearts, and tickle tear ducts, yet it does so with sufficient cross-cultural cred you don't feel too yanked.
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