Zozo

2005, Drama, 1h 42m

2 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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As a Lebanese family attempts to escape violence in Beirut, a terrorist bombing kills all but Zozo (Imad Creidi), their youngest son. Zozo manages to immigrate to Sweden to live with his charismatic grandfather (Elias Gergi). Grieving the loss of his parents and siblings and struggling with a baffling new language, Zozo finds himself the object of constant bullying at school. As his first-hand experience with war has resigned him to pacifism, Zozo escapes into vivid daydreams to soothe his pain.

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Critic Reviews for Zozo

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2)

  • With its powerful tragic wallop and dreamlike journey through the war zone, the Lebanese-set section of the film feels rich enough to have sustained a feature on its own.

    October 18, 2005
  • A rare example of a coming-of-age picture that didn't irritate and bore me.

    September 17, 2005
  • With its powerful tragic wallop and dreamlike journey through the war zone, the Lebanese-set section of the film feels rich enough to have sustained a feature on its own.

    October 18, 2005
  • A rare example of a coming-of-age picture that didn't irritate and bore me.

    September 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Zozo

  • Feb 16, 2011
    Zozo is a 2005 Swedish-Lebanese film about a Lebanese boy during the civil war, who gets separated from his family and ends up in Sweden living with his grandparents. Written and directed by Swedish-Lebanese director Josef Fares, the story was mostly inspired by his real life immigration to Sweden during the war. He even decided to cast his own relatives in this movie: Abdulahad Fares was Rita's dad and Fares Fares (Josefs brother) was the voice of the talking chicken. The film was Sweden's representative for Best Foreign film at the 78th Academy Awards and won The Nordic Council Film Prize in 2006. But, I'll have to admit that the beginning was too slow... after that picked up, but some of the dreaming sequences were a little bit confusing for an average viewer. At the end, I can say it was a good movie I enjoyed watching... bring us more Lebanese movies!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2010
    Zozo was a beautiful Swedish movie showing the world from a dreaming eleven year old Libanese boy's point of view. The realistic filming captured the emotions in an extraordinary way, and brought you closer to his mind and imagination. On the day they were leaving Libanon to go to Sweden to live with the Grandparents, a bomb fell on their house and killed all his family, he survived and hide from the soldiers.He was found and sent to his grandparents in Sweden, where he was not accepted by his classmates and rejected as a foreigner.It was well cast, and even being a sad story it had some funny parts. The grandfather played a great role and Zozo's character was amazing.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2009
    Story of an Arabic boy moving from Lebanon to Sweden.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2006
    i liked kopps a lot more but this is no comedy. zozo's story is fairly brutal and the cinematography is nicely done. haven't seen Jalla Jalla but Josef Fares has really impressed me so far.
    steve c Super Reviewer

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