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also known as Sous les bombes

Under the Bombs2007

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During a cease-fire in the Lebanon-Israeli conflict of 2006, a Christian taxi driver brings a Shiite woman from Beirut to the heart of the conflict in the country's south. While they scour the rubble of local towns for her son they discover that despite their very different backgrounds they have much in common. During their trip through the desolate countryside, the two travelers develop a deep bond as a response to the death looming all around them. The film was shot entirely on location during the summer of 2006, in the middle of the ruins of war-torn Lebanon. Director Philipe Aractingi only hired two professional actors, and the rest are real refugees, journalists, soldiers, etc. playing themselves.

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This is a film about events taking place in Lebanon directly after being bombed by Israel. A woman is searching for her sister and her young son who had been in a village flattened by the Israelis. It's well structured, interesting characters, and a good plot. Worth watching.

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This is a film about events taking place in Lebanon directly after being bombed by Israel. A woman is searching for her sister and her young son who had been in a village flattened by the Israelis. It's well structured, interesting characters, and a good plot. Worth watching.

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Incredible, devastating, raw - a real gem that cuts deep.

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Heartwrenching, captivating throughout, great script and story, stunning actors. The plot unfolds when a woman hires a taxi driver to help her get home to find her son and her sister after the bomb attacks in Lebanon in 2006. Zeina and Tony counter many obstacles, and uncover the whereabouts, etc. -- the characters of the story develop for us as their bond takes deeper form. The film points to the pain of Lebanon's mothers and children who suffered and lost across periods and decades, all told through this beautiful story of the search for Zeina's child and the coming to terms with questions of power and powerlessness in their homeland, past and present.

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This is the kind of story about which one is tempted to say is the only kind that matters. Whenever two strangers are forced to reach across their own self-imposed perceptions and barriers and discover their common humanity, it's cause for a silent celebration. The ending might have been handled justifiably with a heavy hand; nevertheless, it was delivered with perfect restraint, which made it, one could argue, even more profound and memorable. (It is also the kind of movie every US citizen should be forced to watch, if only to witness the way our so-called leaders profit from the shedding of innocent blood.)