Set in a mountainous village of Lebanon, Labaki’s second film tells the tale of its women. Very much the cornerstone of this bi-religious town, its mothers, wives and daughters unite and conspire to keep their men ignorant of outside conflicts. To protect the peace, Amal and her friends hijack the newspaper supply, cut wires of communication, hire Ukrainian prostitutes and drug their men. Labaki’s films are perfection – subtle yet strong like her female protagonists. Prepare to laugh, cry and laugh again as we are taken through the highs and the lows, death and celebration, strength and vulnerability. Recommended to those who loved Nadine’s first release, cultural humour and appreciate a well-made soundtrack.
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