Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.
I did not think too much of Nadine Labaki’s 2011 TIFF People’s Choice Award winner WHERE DO WE GO NOW?, a female whimsical tale of sorts but in her latest film, she explores the lives of children living on the fringes of Lebanese society.
This is in contrast, a dead serious film with a male protagonist, though a 12- year old male boy who, when the film begins is suing his parents for bringing him into this unfriendly world. Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is only 12, but he’s seen enough of this life to resent his very existence. His parents have sold his sister and he runs away from home, ending up in prison for stabling the man who bought his sister. Al Rafeea is sensational as the young rebel.
Labaki’s camera captures the dirt and poverty of the underbelly of Lebanese life where even hope is a luxury. That title comes from the name of the town on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus healed the sick in Biblical times.