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Where Do We Go Now?

Where Do We Go Now?

A Special Presentation at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival® and winner of the Festival’s 2011 Cadillac People’s Choice Award, Where Do We Go Now? is director Nadine Labaki’s charming and heartfelt follow-up to her successful debut feature Caramel, a Film Circuit favourite in 2008.

A rousing musical fable addressing the charged topic of religious differences in the Middle East, Where Do We Go Now? is set in a small Lebanese village isolated from the surrounding world by the hundreds of landmines buried all around it, the morbid legacy of a conflict that has claimed so many lives. When a series of misunderstandings raises tensions between the town’s Muslim and Christian communities, three of the local women — Amal (played by Labaki herself ), Takla (Claude Baz Moussawbaa) and Afaf (Layla Hakim) — take it upon themselves to protect their homes from more strife. To distract the village’s men, who are spoiling for a fight, the three women hatch a series of schemes that boldly defy conventions and taboos, from beguiling the men with a chorus line of Ukrainian showgirls to serving hash cookies at a dance party. But when a skirmish between Christians and Muslims outside the village results in a young man’s accidental death, the already fraught situation is brought to its boiling point and the women realize a more radical tactic is required.

Stylized, irreverent and affecting, featuring lively performances from a cast of both professional and non-professional actors and enlivened by Khaled Mouzanar’s original music and songs, Where Do We Go Now? leavens its sombre subject with beguiling grace and charm.

 

Critical Notes

"Blending magical realism, melodrama and a dose of Bollywood[,] Where Do We Go Now? offers a moving and occasionally exhilarating
cinematic experience." —Adam Mazmanian, The Washington Times

 

Film Information

Director: Nadine Labaki
Cast:: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim and Nadine Labaki 
Year: 2011
Runtime: 110 
Country: France, Lebanon, Egypt, Italy
Language: Arabic, Russian, English
Distributor: Mongrel Media
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

 

Screenings

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