He's Lebanese not Syrian in the movie, the premise is emotional yeah but so is the reality of many of these children... This kid was an actual 10 year old delivery boy until Nadine put him in her movie... His sister was a Syrian refugee selling gum! Baddak t2elle Syrian refugees are living in the best conditions in Lebanon? Or that there absolutely is no poverty? Just two years ago there was a big scandal about a guy in ashrafieh who had raped over 18 children the majority of which were Syrian refugees and he lured them with money until one kid actually dared to tell his parents... Beirut is full of poor people whose stories would make you cry for days! That's our freaking reality!There's no doubt that she has talent as a director and I'd be happy to see her nab the Palme d'Or, but I've always found her films' screenwriting clunky and reeking of cheap sentimentalism.
Her latest effort is a clear humanistic Cannes-bait that's intended to make the Cannes jury feel bad for us and indulge in mutual back-patting for nominating a movie that sends a strong message to the world:
People will keep associating Beirut with war and poverty if our directors insist on showing this side of our city.
- Syrian refugee - Check
- Poverty - Check
- Humanistic message - Check
- The backdrop of a squalid Middle Eastern city - Check
Massive yawn! But congratulations if she makes it. I still appreciate the cinematography behind her films.
Anyone seen Morena or Morina or something like that. That one seems more interesting. A transvestite nun from northern Lebanon based on a true story, @manifesto???What is good for Lebanese cinema is just to go and buy the ticket to watch in theatres, some are too serious and some are too shitty and some are good and I can name some good movies that almost all missed and the greedy theatres owners took out after a week