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Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

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38

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 16

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72

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Nadine Labaki

Sep 11, 2012

$0.5M

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (33) | DVD (2)

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.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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"Where Do We Go Now?" is more interesting than satisfying.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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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.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This is energetic, bursting with sincerity, yet also frustrating and disappointing.

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It is, at times, a charming reprieve from the usually dour cinematic explorations of Middle Eastern conflicts.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Labaki never claimed to be NoŽl Coward, but the facile comedy leads to a dilution of the message she strives so strenuously to make.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Drugs, exotic dancers, dodgy deities. This certainly isn't your usual po-faced, worthy Middle Eastern tale.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

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.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

... a mess, but a cheerful one.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It's a "what if" story that's hopeful but doesn't ring true.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Even the title holds a surprise.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

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.

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Although the tone is often lighthearted, the subject matter between Christians and Muslims is more profound.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Labaki's use of abrupt tonal shifts can be jarring, but her narrative is ambitious and anything but typical.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Given recent developments in Egypt, the questions posed by this Arab Spring-themed musical comedy-drama from Lebanon could not feel more apt.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

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.

June 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

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

June 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This bittersweet celebration of motherhood deftly blends wry satire with broad comedy while never losing sight of the tragedy of its subject matter.

June 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The result is beyond disastrous, like some unholy attempt by Adam Sandler to update Lysistrata.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph

Spirited, upbeat and seasoned with musical sequences, Where Do We Go Now? has an abundance of charm.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Baffling nonsense but beautiful and profound. We're conflicted.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Where Do We Go Now?

Odd little movie..but quirky. Part musical at times (random singing sequences--ex. women singing together whilst they bake goodies to drug the men in their village). Seemed a little confused on whether it wanted to be a comedy, drama, or a musical. It even had a blossoming love connection that they started, then seemed to forget about. Like a said...odd movie.
August 12, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

"Where Do We Go Now?" walks a fine line from scene to scene. It's religious subject matter is undeniably touchy, but director Nadine Labaki and co. confront these age old issues with lighthearted farce, sentimentality, hard drama, jarring musical numbers and no little whimsy. Few films could have such element coexist to positive results, but Labaki uses them to strengthen the film. They don't come off as superficial and compliment her vision. This is a great little film that deserves to be seen for a myriad of reasons, most of which is it's impressive thematic balancing act. If you are looking for a stern, serious condemnation of religious indifferences, look elsewhere. "Where Do We Go Now?" is a parable that plays by it's own rules, in it's own world, but screams just as loud.
March 20, 2013
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

Labaki fails terribly trying to combine in the same film a lighthearted comedy and a serious statement on intolerance in the Middle East. Her story constantly moves with no tact from constant silly jokes to tragedy to corny melodrama, and finishes in an unvelievably naive last scene that is an offense to the viewer's intelligence.
September 29, 2011
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

In "Where Do We Go Now?" Roukoz(Ali Haidar) and Nassim(Kevin Abboud) travel from an isolated village in Lebabnon on a journey that takes them over a rickety old bridge and past a minefield on errands for the rest of the villagers. And a mine has claimed its most recent victim, Brigitte, a goat, who tastes great spit roasted. One of their customers is Amale(Nadine Labaki, who also directed) whose cafe is being renovated by the handsome Rabih(Julian Farhat). On their most recent excursion, they bring back a satellite dish for nightly viewings. This backfires when violence intensifies in other parts of the country, and the women conspire to unplug it in order to prevent its news from destroying their fragile peace. Desperate, they come up with another plan, with a little help from outsiders...

Along with a tip of the hat to Dr. Seuss, "Where Do We Go Now?" has some memorable imagery but is thin on some of the characterizations and admittedly a little uneven, with three musical numbers, if you include the dance of death that opens the movie.(To be honest, I did love the second song.) But that is only to be expected in a place where violence is feared every minute of the day, as this is a compelling allegory of a war torn country, long divided by sectarian bloodshed. In this particular village, Christians and Muslims live and work side by side, but are buried on separate sides of the village cemetery that apparently only contains the bodies of men, leaving it up to the women to come up with a better way.
June 3, 2012
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