Where Do We Go Now?
Where Do We Go Now? (Arabic: وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla' la wayn, French: Et maintenant, on va où) is a 2011 film by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki. The film premiered during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of Un Certain Regard . The film was selected to represent Lebanon for the 84th Academy Awards. The film won the Cadillac People's Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Where Do We Go Now? tells the story of a remote, isolated unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians. The village is surrounded by land mines only reachable by a small bridge. As civil strife engulfed the country, the women in the village learn of this fact and try, by various means and to varying success, to keep their men in the dark, sabotaging the village radio, then destroying the village TV.
There is a distinct pleasure derived from watching a simple story play out in an assured and confident manner. Perhaps some of the political points are stated too bluntly and some of the relationships are lingered on longer than are ultimately warranted, this is still easily one of the best films of the year.
If for some unholy reason Adam Sandler decided to adapt Lysistrata, this would be the result. Beyond disastrous.
Nadine Labacki’s follow up to CARAMEL, her brilliant debut, entitled WHERE DO WE GO NOW? won the People’s Choice Award at last year’s TIFF. I was shocked at the time because I had heard nothing about it before then. I am even more so now that I’ve seen it. I do not see anything remotely satisfying about this farce of a film in which a tiny Middle Eastern village is torn apart between Muslim and Christian beliefs. The women cannot take losing any more of their sons or husbands so they do their best to hide the real world from the men. That plan only works for so long though, mostly because it’s a dumb plan. I get that it’s…
Incredibly compelling movie that tells the story of a, sadly true, reality with a screenplay that balances comedy and drama perfectly. The lengths these women were able to go to live in peace were hilarious at times, but very heartbreaking at others. I found myself watching with tears of laughter and pain. Beautifully shot and astounding performances.
Nadine Labaki, la James Cameron del circuito festivalero.
After watching the trailer, I thought that this film was going to be rather lighthearted, but it turned out to be much more emotional that I guessed. It is difficult for many films to walk the line between comedy and drama but "Where Do We Go Now?" manages to do it rather well.
Existen películas raras... y luego está "¿A dónde vamos ahora?". Agarrarle la onda está en libanés. Un platillo de moros y cristianos que viven en negación pa sobrevivir.
Filme da Nadine Labaki (escrito/realizado/protagonizado).
Um filme nada snob e muito mais honesto do que parece, que deixa bem impressa a sensação de dia-a-dia daquelas pessoas. Tivesse uma maior focagem narrativa, um maior equilíbrio formal de forma a ser ainda mais dramática e estaríamos na presença de um superior filme. Não achei isso por pouco mas tenho a noção de que tem tudo aquilo de que se fazem os bons filmes.
Merece ser visto.
6,5/10 - Muitíssimo Interessante!
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I adore this film. It puts you in such a good mood, is so raucously funny and energetic, yet manages to shed light on a serious matter. The ridiculousness of war and division over religion has never been more absurdly illustrated. The music is awesome.
A real let-down from Nadine Labaki, whose Caramel was an unfettered work of real insight told with charm and real heart. This concerns a scheme orchestrated by the female population of a Lebanese village where simmering unrest between the Christian and Muslim population threatens to turn to unrest. And what is their plan? To hire a gaggle of Ukrainian strippers to divert the combative menfolk's attention.
The comedy is ill-judged and raises more questions than it answers. The performances are fine in the jarring dramatic scenes but montages concerning the outsiders interaction with the people of the town are handled in a gratingly facile manner and without any semblance of genuine characterisation.
Needlessly wacky with a plot that veers between madcap caper and thoughtful meditation on violence instigated by perceived religious differences. Those two strands sit about as well together as you would expect.
Didnt buy into this film even though there was a promising start, it didnt capitalise on the situation that this world depicts, which is a shame.
Tragic but very engaging plot - bloody religion has a lot to answer for....
I have a real soft spot for musicals but I have to admit that that spot is most tender when it comes to lo-fi musicals performed by actors who can't sing especially if, when they do sing, they sing about the everyday things.
I love how they add a slight touch of magic to mundane stories.
With its quirky characters and broad humour, Where Do We Go Now? could have easily survived without its songs but that hint of otherworldly charm lifts the film at just the right moments.
In a remote Lebanese village, cut off from the world outside, a small community of Muslims and Christians bumble through life, oblivious to the mounting sectarian tensions in their country. When…