Where Do We Go Now? [DVD]
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INSPIRING AND UPLIFTING, THIS FEELGOOD COMEDY DELIVERS LAUGHS AND LOVE IN EQUAL MEASURE Sick of the constant bickering between the men in their lives, a group of women in a tight-knit community decide to make a stand. To prevent all out conflict, the women take extreme steps to resolve the situation; whether it be hiring Ukranian strippers or faking a miracle in their own village, there is nothing they won't try. Bringing the village back together was never going to be easy but no-one could have imagined it would be this much fun. Hilarious and heartfelt, Where do we go now? is a vibrant tale of love, family and humanity.
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Anyhow, the peace of the village is severely threatened, and you won't be surprised to hear that the crafty women of the village manage to save it, though their tricks and twists weren't quite as predictable as you may think. The film has gorgeous images (some might say too beautiful, but it works for me), including some landscapes at dusk that really need a big screen to work. Altogether it's a feelgood fairytale that isn't going to solve the problems of the Middle East, but who or what is going to solve them?
So they start by enlisting the help of both the Priest and the Imam in the on coming subterfuge. But then one act of sabotage set the men off on a tit for tat in fight that looks like snow balling out of control. The women will invent miracles, use drugs and even get the `ladies' from the gentleman's club, known as `The Paradise Palace' to entertain their men into not fighting, the question is, will it work?
This is an absolute gem of a film, it is a tragi- comedy as it is both heart breaking and sombre in places. The humour is never far from the surface though and makes this feel like a breath of fresh air. There is also a love interest between a Christian and Muslim that although it may look contrived as a message for unity, it is actually used more as a vehicle for showing why people sometimes fail to get on. It has good sub titles and is in Arabic, Russian and some English. There are only excellent performances here and a warmth that takes you in from the very start. It is a film I knew very little about, but is one that should have got a lot more attention. This is for lovers of World cinema and those who like things very original very funny and very moving - absolutely recommended
Rom com, musical, tragic, realistic, sentimental, funny..... Yes all of them, in fact I have read many professional reviews stating that trying to do too many things is the problem this film suffers from.
A fellow Amazon reviewer states that it plays to Western stereotypes of its area, perhaps it does, but I feel the messages are more universal and just as pertinent to the West.
Conflicts ostensibly created by power holding men and media, using religion as justification as contrasted with an underdog female, inclusive attempt to keep the peace and create harmony. Plus a look at how small places change when exposed to wider influences such as TV.
If you think the last paragraph was rubbish, this film probably isn't for you.
I like the unabashed sentimentality and respect that Nadine didn't downplay the real human cost of conflict. One could even suggest that the contrasting styles of the film reflect the related cultural group they portray.
Also I have to emphasise that the comedy is superbly observed and has great timing, it is laugh out loud funny at times.
It is more like a Gurinder Chadha film than Caramel (technically - in terms of reviewers tatses at least - probably a better film than this one), but this story is engaging and enjoyable, perhaps if it lacks anything really, it is depth of characterisation.
A romantic comedy with a bit of a message, it shouldn't work, but it did for me. Unless you are a fundamentalist (of any persuasion other than feminist) and/or hate women - give it a go, you may not watch it twice but you will watch it all I am sure.
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For a truly original, hilarious and multi-cultural film, get this. In my opinion most of the big-hit movies pale in comparison to a film as original, and authentic as this.Published 1 month ago by Ollie S Blacklock
Truly wonderful film, heart warming and life affirming, immediately bought "Caramel" after viewing this, cant recommend it highly enough.Published 23 months ago by JOHN/uk
Really funny. Don't usually watch subtitled films but I watched this in Canada and fell in love with the film do bought a copy for myself.Published on 18 May 2014 by salima r jivani
Very well filmed and narrated story. I laughed a lot! I love clever cross cultural stories and this one belongs to the list!Published on 23 Jun. 2013 by Kay M.
it is a movie worth watching, the type that makes you laugh and cry , the type that makes you think and the type that educates you....superb!.....thats all i can say.Published on 20 May 2013 by T. Jaradat
Really loved Caramel, her earlier film. This is slow to get going and ends well but is not in the same league.Published on 12 Mar. 2013 by Bill M
I love this film exploring a radical mind shift to lift a small village out of Christian-Muslim hostilities. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2013 by Ann Ruth