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Where Do We Go Now? | Et maintenant, on va où? (2011)
On the edge of a
cratered road, a cortège-like procession of women solemnly makes its way towards
the village cemetery.
Takla, Amale, Yvonne, Afaf and Saydeh stoically
brave the oppressive midday heat, clutching photographic effigies of their
beloved menfolk, lost to a futile, protracted and distant war.
Some of the women are
veiled, others bear wooden crosses, but all are clad in black and united by a
sense of shared grief.
As they arrive at the cemetery gates, the
procession divides into two congregations; one Muslim, the other Christian.
Set against the backdrop of a war-torn country, Et maintenant on va où?
tells the heart-warming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect
their isolated, mine-encircled, community from the pervasive and divisive
outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within.
United by a
common cause, the women’s unwavering friendship transcends, against all the
odds, the religious fault lines which crisscross their society and they hatch
some extraordinarily inventive, and oftentimes comical, plans in order to
distract the village’s menfolk and defuse any sign of inter-religious tension.
A series of chaotic incidents tests the women’s ingenuity as they
manage, with sass, to successfully stave off the fall-out from the distant war.
But when events take a tragic turn, just how far will the women go in order to
prevent bloodshed and turmoil? –Pathé Distribution
Cast: Nadine Labaki, Claude Moussawbaa, Leyla
Fouad, Antoinette El-Noufaily, Layla Hakim, Yvonne Maalouf
Cannes (Un Certain Regard): Prize of the Ecumenical Jury -
Special Mention, Toronto (Special Presentations):
People's Choice Award, San Sebastián
(Zabaltegi-Pearls): Audience Award, Helsinki
(Politics!), London (Film on the Square), Stockholm (Competition): Best Screenplay, Best Music, Sundance (Spotlight)
About this movie
Title: Where Do We Go Now? | Et maintenant, on va où? (2011)
Directed by: Nadine Labaki
Date of birth: 18 February 1974, Baabdat, Lebanon
Writing credits: Nadine Labaki, Rodney El Haddad, Jihad Hojeily, Sam Mounier
Music: Khaled Mouzannar
Country: Lebanon | France | Italy | Egypt
Runtime: 110 min.
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