• 2017
  • Belgium
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philippe Van Leeuw
  • Cast: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Bou Abboud, Juliette Navis
  • Language: Arabic
  • UK release: 29 June 2017

Character-led drama set against the background of war-battered Damascus. Skilfully made, and the lead actresses in particular do raw but heartfelt work, but it’s all very manipulative and for all its sincerity and technical achievement, you’re left with not much more than a feeling of how lucky you are.

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4 Sep 20173 stars

Tense and sincere but slightly one-note Syrian war drama from Philippe Van Leeuw

'Don't let anyone manipulate you now,' a young woman earnestly advises her husband as they prepare their risky departure from war-battered Damascus. Sound advice, of course, but a touch ironic in the context of a film which uses the time-honoured…

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