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Therese, the mayor's wife in a Lebanese village, joyfully prepares for an overnight visit of her daughter's suitor and his parents. She excitedly shares the happy news of the engagement with pictures of her beloved brother who was killed by a Syrian bomb 20 years ago and is still bizarrely present in every corner of her house. Only when the long-awaited guests are at her doorstep, she discovers they are Syrian; this engagement will only happen over Therese's dead body! Written by
Nadia Eliewat & Sophie Boutros
I watched Mahbas/solitaire, I did laugh, but I am totally ambivalent about the movie... For a Lebanized version of "guess who's coming to dinner", I was expecting more... I mean when you copy a plot, you should have enough time to care for the details... It was said that the movie tries to heal through art that conflict/racism between Lebanese and Syrians, while all it did, was use that Lebanese/Syrian conflict to create a shallow chansonnier-like comedy... It laid cliché jokes from both sides, that reached nowhere... That movie mocked the Lebanese/Syrian conflict, But decided to solve the conflict with a fictitious invisible magical wand instead of trying to find a more realistic way... Some scars need to be bled again to heal... This conflict is one of them, arguments and counter arguments, screams and even fights, real ones needed to happen, to find a way out of this... Not just a kiss and hug without mentioning anything!
One has to give credit to two actors: Julia Kassar and Bassam Koussa... These two seemed like the only credible characters in the movie, and the only ones who did a great job... Kassar's was able to convey all the emotions she felt with a simple facial expression, and Koussa was able to give that comedic atmosphere without turning himself into a hysteric clown... Other than the two mentioned actors, the rest of the actors were either too over-acting with annoying big hand gestures or neophytes trying their best to recite their lines in a school play while praying the teacher doesn't ask them to do something out of the ordinary... The Scenario was seriously naive at times, especially when the lovers are talking to each other...
You'd laugh while watching it, but I'm not sure you'd remember it once the credits start rolling, and I certainly don't think it'll offer anything but a good laugh because of the clichés Lebanese Syrian fights, no healing, no dealing no nothing...
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