Where do we go now?

Where do we go now?

DVD - 2012 | Arabic
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A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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WindsorSteve
Jul 21, 2017

Very well done...didn't see the ending coming at all.

Quite cutesy throughout...along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The women of a village that is half Christian and half Muslim keep the religious-based violence that plagues their country from entering their village...through in-the-background schemes, motherly nagging and on-the-spot interventions when the men start down the pathway of religious violence.

The final intervention in response to a village boy being killed when returning from the city-market breaks the whimsical trend...brilliant, brave and from heart...a solution to stopping violence and religious hatred that only women could dream up and have the individual and collective guts to do.

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Je3000
Jan 23, 2015

A great movie ! *****
"Where do we go now? " follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war.

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eliasmerkins
Dec 29, 2014

A fantastic movie about living with differences that make other places go to war. Funny, entertaining and, most importantly, with a strong multicultural message.

harrybrowne Jun 07, 2014

Funny (sometines hysterical) and touching. Reminds me of the Greek play Lysistrata, where the women withhold sex from their men until they stop fighing. Colorful, good music and acting.

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movie20
Apr 21, 2014

I liked the movie. Entertaining way to show the problems between cultures and how people can get along regardless.

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EplWilder
Mar 07, 2014

This gives a great look into what family life can be like in an Arabic village where Christian and Muslims reside together and what villagers do to try and reduce conflict conducted in the name of religion. This could be a great lead into discussions on how ridiculous human beings can be and use religion as a means to claim rights and superiority.

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alex59
Jan 30, 2014

Really enjoyed this movie. It was touching, funny and serious at the same time. Really ended up caring for the characters and hoping everything would work out well for them somehow. Good and rare insight into this type of situation in this part of the world.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 22, 2013

This second film by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki is about conflict between the Christians and Muslims in Lebanon. Again, she also starred in a key role in the film. Unfortunately, it is not as well-executed, and credible, as her first film, Caramel. Watchable but not great. Subtitles.

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chanelsurfer
Aug 20, 2013

Incredibly touching (and whimsical) story of how a split-faith community's women kept the men from killing each other. The women in this story are amazingly strong, creative, loving, and effective. Their efforts are whimsical, perhaps not realistic, but thoroughly enjoyable and original. This film is a fantastic surprise!

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afraalmussawir
Jul 06, 2013

If you know Arabic, you can hear the difference in the way people speak: the casual colloquial most of the characters use, the pompous formal language of the mayor when he gives a speech, and the understated formality of the religious leaders. The English subtitles are accurate and smooth. The whole movie has a touch of magical realism to it. Also check out "Caramel" directed by the actress in this movie who plays Amale. Yes, the men of the village are depicted as clueless and too ready to react with violent actions, but the movie isn't really about them, so it's okay. Yes, random bits of humor crop up in between more serious -- even heart-breaking -- scenes, but without the humorous parts, this movie would be too heavy. You have to understand the depth of the tragedy of the Lebanese civil war, when outsiders brought the violence to villages that had Christian/Muslim mixed neighborhoods, mixed families, mixed livelihoods -- everything was torn apart by outsiders! The humor was all well-placed, I thought. The magical realism is typical of Arab films, and the ending is just perfect. **Spoiler Alert!** There are powerful scenes where Nassim's mother wails over her son's body and then in church she yells at the statue of the Virgin Mary -- it brought me to tears.

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