Je Veux Voir (2008)



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The destruction wrought in Lebanon during the war of 2006 is seen through unexpected eyes in this fusion of drama and documentary from filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. The internationally famous French actress Catherine Deneuve (playing herself) is visiting Beirut and wants to see the aftermath of the 2006 conflict first hand. Deneuve's driver, a loyal fan and fellow actor named Rabih Mroue, is more than willing to help, and together they spend the day exploring the city, from the city center through the village of Bint El Jbeil (which Mroue calls home) to the Israeli border. While Deneuve is protected by a bodyguard, the guided tour presents more danger than she expects, with fighter jets buzzing overhead and land band dotting a few side streets, as Mroue makes sure she witnesses both the beauty of Lebanon and the wreckage battles with Israel have left behind. Je Veux Voir was screened as part of the Un Certain Regard series at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Je Veux Voir

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There's no denying that this is a single-note film, but it's a note of considerable emotional clout.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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An unconventional yet haunting documentary that shines a strange new light on life in modern Lebanon.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Not quite a documentary, nor yet entirely fiction, Je Veux Voir is an awkward blend. But it's not nearly as awkward as Catherine Deneuve in the central role.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A potent and intriguing cinema of ideas.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The line between worthy and pompous is a tightrope right the way through, and the filmmakers don't have the shoes for it.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Whatever the meaning, or lack of meaning, occasionally powerful images sock you between the eyes.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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