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Zozo (2005)

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A young boy faces challenges both funny and terrifying in this drama from writer and director Josef Fares. It's 1987, and Zozo (Imad Creidi) is a ten-year-old boy whose parents are struggling to flee Beirut as warfare in the streets accelerates. Zozo's grandparents have emigrated to Sweden, and his mother and father plan to follow as soon as their passports and exit visas are approved. On the day that their papers finally come through, Zozo's mother asks him to go outside and get something for


Art House & International, Drama

Sep 4, 2006

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With its powerful tragic wallop and dreamlike journey through the war zone, the Lebanese-set section of the film feels rich enough to have sustained a feature on its own.

October 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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A rare example of a coming-of-age picture that didn't irritate and bore me.

September 17, 2005
Planet Sick-Boy

Audience Reviews for Zozo

Story of an Arabic boy moving from Lebanon to Sweden.
December 19, 2009
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Zozo is a 2005 Swedish-Lebanese film about a Lebanese boy during the civil war, who gets separated from his family and ends up in Sweden living with his grandparents. Written and directed by Swedish-Lebanese director Josef Fares, the story was mostly inspired by his real life immigration to Sweden during the war. He even decided to cast his own relatives in this movie: Abdulahad Fares was Rita's dad and Fares Fares (Josefs brother) was the voice of the talking chicken.
The film was Sweden's representative for Best Foreign film at the 78th Academy Awards and won The Nordic Council Film Prize in 2006. But, I'll have to admit that the beginning was too slow... after that picked up, but some of the dreaming sequences were a little bit confusing for an average viewer.
At the end, I can say it was a good movie I enjoyed watching... bring us more Lebanese movies!
February 16, 2011
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

Zozo was a beautiful Swedish movie showing the world from a dreaming eleven year old Libanese boy's point of view. The realistic filming captured the emotions in an extraordinary way, and brought you closer to his mind and imagination. On the day they were leaving Libanon to go to Sweden to live with the Grandparents, a bomb fell on their house and killed all his family, he survived and hide from the soldiers.He was found and sent to his grandparents in Sweden, where he was not accepted by his classmates and rejected as a foreigner.It was well cast, and even being a sad story it had some funny parts. The grandfather played a great role and Zozo's character was amazing.
April 3, 2010
Daisy Maduro

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