Foreign Film Series: Where Do We Go Now?
Thursday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 15
in the Student Center Cinema
5 p.m. & 8 p.m.
2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
The women of a remote Middle Eastern village, where Christians and Muslims live side by side, concoct radically inventive schemes to prevent sectarian violence from further corrupting their loved ones.
The women on both sides unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers. Labaki, who appears as one of the main characters, infuses the film with a pervasively light-hearted vibe and easygoing atmosphere, heightened by periodic and unexpected musical numbers. These delightful musical numbers cleverly serve to highlight the fact that the story is a fantasy.
Impressively directed and superbly written, the film has a witty script, inventive musical numbers, and terrific comic performances from a superb ensemble cast. 2011 Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award. (Lebanon, 2011) Dir: Nadine Labaki. Arabic, Russian, and English languages. 110 min. review.