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||IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 from PG-13 votes
||Release: 21 February 2008 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
||Director: Eran Kolirin,
||Stars: Ahuva Keren, François Khell, Hilla Sarjon, Hisham Khoury, Imad Jabarin, Khalifa Natour, Rinat Matatov, Ronit Elkabetz, Rubi Moskovitz, Saleh Bakri, Sasson Gabai, Shlomi Avraham, Tarik Kopty, Tomer Yosef, Uri Gavriel
||Synopsis: On an ordinary day, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrives in Israel from Egypt for a cultural event, only find there is no delegation to meet them, nor any arrangements to get to their destination of Petah Tiqva. When they find their own ride, they arrive instead at the remote town of Beit Hatikva. Stuck there until the next morning's bus, the band, lead by the repressed Tawfiq Zacharaya, gets help from the worldly lunch owner, Dina, who offers to put them up for the night. As the band settles in as best it can, each of the members attempts to get along with the natives in their own way. What follows is a special night of quiet happenings and confessions as the band makes its own impact on the town and the town on them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm ([email protected])
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In an ocean of predictable movies, "The Band's Visit" is an island of
bliss. When you see the advertising about the story of an Egyptian
police band getting lost in Israel, you're likely to roll the film
instantly in your mind - conflict, hatred, perhaps some awkward humor,
and a forced bit or two of vague optimism about the future.
Forget all that, it's some other movie. This one is free and clear of
anything set, routine, obvious, predictable. "The Band's Visit" is
about people - mostly awkward, all real, well- and ill-behaved in turn
- and not about agenda, ideology, politics. It's an unsentimental
"people movie" (remember when Hollywood used to churn those out?),
enormously likable, a treasurehouse of humanism.
"Visit" is also a film you have to work with. It's not dumped on the
audience in its fullness by its writer and (first-time) director, Eran
Kolirin. Action is slow or nonexistent, dialogue is halting, silences
are rampant. And yet it all works so well: even if you have never heard
Egyptian music, when the band finally plays (as the end-credits roll),
you're guaranteed to groove on it.
Kolirin is a writer and director of great economy. The characters of
and relationships between the eight band members - in their powder
blue, Sgt. Pepper-wannabe, uniforms are revealed through a word here,
an expression there, and pretty soon, you really know them... except
that later you realize you didn't.
The head of the band, Tewfig, is an officious, prissy, downcast, silent
figure, and yet as the camera stays on him a great deal of the time,
slowly you are getting used to him, and when he finally puts together a
couple of full sentences, you may feel acceptance and even
It is at this point, far into the movie, that you understand why Dina
is pursuing him. Dina is the attractive - if blowsy - owner of a small
cafe in the Israeli desert town where the band is stranded. There is
much, much more to "Visit," but just watching the Tewfig-Dina story,
and reveling in the performances of the two actors, is well worth the
price of admission.
The band leader is Sasson Gabal, and I must admit being incredulous
finding out after seeing the movie that he is a famous Israeli actor.
Not only does he appear authentically Egyptian, but when starts singing
an Arabic song - oy! Dina is Ronit Elkabetz, an actor so fine that
you'd never suspect her of being one; what you see on the screen is the
character, totally believable.
"Visit" is a rare film, one that keeps running in your mind long after
the band strikes up.
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, François Khell
, Hilla Sarjon
, Hisham Khoury
, Imad Jabarin
, Khalifa Natour
, Rinat Matatov
, Ronit Elkabetz
, Rubi Moskovitz
, Saleh Bakri
, Sasson Gabai
, Shlomi Avraham
, Tarik Kopty
, Tomer Yosef
, Uri Gavriel
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