The Band's Visit (2007)
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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.
Kolirin has a fine sense of where to place the camera and when to cut between shots for maximum comic effect.
It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.
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.
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.
An enormously touching slice-of-life drama that I really connected with. *more thoughts soon*
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