The Band's Visit (2007)


Critic Consensus: The Band's Visit is both a clever, subtle slice-of-life comedy, and poignant cross-cultural exploration.


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A band composed of members of the Egyptian police force heads to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

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Critic Reviews for The Band's Visit

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (33)

The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny.

Apr 13, 2008 | Full Review…

Like no fish-out-of-water film in recent memory, it leaves you with the hope that these fish will find their way back to water, and maybe learn to share that puddle before the desert dries it up entirely.

Apr 11, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Kolirin has a fine sense of where to place the camera and when to cut between shots for maximum comic effect.

Mar 14, 2008 | Full Review…

It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.

Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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A quiet, sympathetic film about the loneliness that surrounds us.

Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

You can watch The Band's Visit for its political idealism, or you can watch it for entertainment value alone. In either case, it doesn't disappoint.

Mar 6, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Band's Visit


A trip to Israeli nowheresville by a minor Egyptian civic band is an occasion for a interesting little filmic investigation into what forces make us all tick. Everyone expects trouble ... and are pleasantly disappointed. Slowly budding revelation sparkles like light on a pond across the faces of this cast of unknowns.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A touching and considered slice of life that's kind of like those small-town-in-the-Midwest movies where everyone's in pain, except it happens in the Israeli desert, and the new guys in town are a police band from Egypt. A lean film, but one that still takes its time, and one that was well lauded on the festival circuit. Definitely worth a look - reminded me of Wim Wenders for no obvious reason.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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An enormously touching slice-of-life drama that I really connected with. *more thoughts soon*

Michael S
Michael S

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"Once-not long ago-a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. Not many remember this...It wasn't that important." A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

'The Band's Visit' is a cinematic breath of fresh air in a market overwrought with cine dreck. It tells the story of an Egyptian Police band that has gone over to Israel for a concert at an Arab cultural centre, only to find that they have ended up in the wrong town. In a period of 24 hours, they manage to establish friendships among some of the town's off beat residents. It shows that despite cultural differences between Arabs and Jews, they manage to (for the most part) rise above prejudices and make the most of an awkward situation. Major kudos to the film's writer/director for forging a finely tuned story, as well as a cast to act out their parts equally well. This film may remind you at times of some of the tongue in cheek comedies of Aki Kaurismaki.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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