A Syrian Love Story ★★★½

Recorded as a 'like' in the filmic sense, as opposed to the content, McAllister's fly-on-the-wall documentary charts the breakdown of a relationship that mirrors the destruction of the country so loved by the couple at the heart of the story.

Curious in its depiction of a most unusual love triangle: Syria itself is the affair that drives a wedge between the lovers. It is uncomfortable viewing: we see things that are - and should remain - private. Yet, in its defence, such scenes highlight the human tragedy that blanket news coverage fails to reflect; it is made real and immediate.

As we arrive in the present, the children seem remarkably well adjusted, resulting in an essentially positive story emerging from such a desperate situation.