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Under The Bombs Film Review

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Film Review: Under the Bombs
The film falls in the drama genre and is set in Lebanon at the end of the Lebanon War
experienced in 2006. It is directed by Philippe Aractingi. Additionally, it is scripted by both
Philippe and Michel Léviant. Surprisingly, the film has only two actors, Zeina Nasrueddi (Nada
Abou Farhat) and Tony (Georges Khabbaz).
Basically, the film revolves around a Shiite woman, Zeina, who comes from Dubai to
Lebanon in search of her six-year-old son and sister in the middle of a war between Lebanon and
Israel. During a moment of the ceasefire, she hires a taxi driver, Tony who happens to be a
Christian to help her get to the war-torn southern Lebanese countryside in search of her son.
Nonetheless, the turmoil they experience together in their quest enlightens them about human
resiliency and about each other.
Theme
Ideally, the film primarily serves to educate the audience on the negative effects of
conflict in the society such as loss of family (lives). Moreover, it aims at highlighting and trying
to bridge the gap between the societal barriers. For example, despite Zeina being a Shiite and
Tony a Christian, they joined together towards a common course of their religious beliefs
notwithstanding. In addition, the theme of sacrifice is clearly advocated. For instance, it would
have been possible for Zeina to be complacent and adamant to remain in Beirut. Furthermore,

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even her husband did not join in the search. Nevertheless, she sacrificed herself and comfort,
additionally; she was even ready to lose her own life by going into an active war zone.
Character Development
Initially, we see Zeina as a desperate woman whose only focus is her worry of her
missing kin. Consequently, she directs all her efforts towards this course, and along the way she
comes across Tony. In essence, her character evolves to where we find her longing for male
attention, especially from the taxi driver. In brief, we are made to understand that her husband
could not make it to Lebanon with her as he was busy with business meetings. On the other hand,
Tony is a simple man who wants to make money from a client and probably try his luck in
winning her for romance. Notably, the film depicts this metamorphosis of Tony as been
personally involved in the mission at hand so much that when the opportunity for being intimate
with Zeina presents itself he just tosses it aside. Basically, he continues his search for his missing
family members.
Intended Audience
Ideally, the film is directed across all members of the society but most especially the
people in a position to prevent wars from happening. The suffering of an innocent parent and all
her physical and emotional distress could have been easily avoided if simply there was no war.
However, a stronger message is to the general population where the director advocates for a
personal commitment to everyone to help and not discriminate along societal barriers as depicted
by a Christian driver assisting a Shiite client.
Music / Sound Track
In addition, the film makes great use of music and its soundtrack blends perfectly with
the unfolding events. However, the film's greatest asset is the use of live human and war noises

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Surname 1 Student Tutor Course Date Film Review: Under the Bombs The film falls in the drama genre and is set in Lebanon at the end of the Lebanon War experienced in 2006. It is directed by Philippe Aractingi. Additionally, it is scripted by both Philippe and Michel Léviant. Surprisingly, the film has only two actors, Zeina Nasrueddi (Nada Abou Farhat) and Tony (Georges Khabbaz). Basically, the film revolves around a Shiite woman, Zeina, who comes from Dubai to Lebanon in search of her six-year-old son and sister in the middle of a war between Lebanon and Israel. During a moment of the ceasefire, she hires a taxi driver, Tony who happens to be a Christian to help her get to the war-torn southern Lebanese countryside in search of her son. Nonetheless, the turmoil they experience together in their quest enlightens them about human resiliency and about each other. Theme Ideally, the film p ...
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