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.
PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Sasson Gabai
as Tewfiq
Saleh Bakri
as Haled
Eyad Sheety
as Saleh
Uri Gabriel
as Avrum
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Critic Reviews for The Band's Visit

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (33)

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

Full Review… | April 13, 2008
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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.

April 11, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
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Kolirin has a fine sense of where to place the camera and when to cut between shots for maximum comic effect.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Chicago Reader
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It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Boston Globe
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A quiet, sympathetic film about the loneliness that surrounds us.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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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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