West Beirut (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

West Beirut (1999)




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This French-Lebanese-Belgian co-production is an autobiographical drama. In 1975 after Tarek and Omar witness the start of civil war, they are picked up by Tarek's mother Hala. Hala wants to flee, but her husband won't allow it. Tarek and Omar wander about, but the realities of war soon intrude.


Joseph Bou Nassar
as Riad Noueri
Rami Doueiri
as Tarek Noueri
Liliane Nemry
as Neighbor
Leïla Karam
as Oum Walid
Hassan Farhat
as Roadblock Militiaman
Fadi Abou Khalil
as Bakery Militiaman
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Critic Reviews for West Beirut

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

This warm and very smart comedy is set against the backdrop of a war-torn city, like Hope and Glory's London. It's human and never stoops to sanctimony.

March 10, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Yes. A war zone can be fun for restless teens with hot blood and a passion for mischief.

April 20, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

In this cross-cultural gem, we are touched as the characters struggle to keep their souls alive in the midst of war.

April 20, 2001 | Full Review…

Doueiri deserves credit for the courage of his effort, for his obvious desire to go beyond the fictional boundaries of moviemaking to illustrate the continuing plight of the Lebanese people.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Shares a wealth of perceptive observation that knits together into a moving memoir.

January 1, 2000

A story worth telling.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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