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Solitaire (2016)

Therese, the mayor's wife in a Lebanese village, joyfully prepares for an overnight visit of her daughter's suitor and his parents. She excitedly shares the happy news of the engagement ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Julia Kassar ...
Therese
Ali El Khalil ...
Maurice
Bassam Kousa ...
Riad
Nadine Khoury ...
Nazek
Betty Taoutal ...
Solange
Jaber Jokhadar ...
Samer
Serena Chami ...
Ghada
Said Serhan ...
Marwan
Daniel Balaban ...
Imad
Nicole Kamato ...
Samira
Samir Youssef ...
Toufic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emile Assaad ...
Bassam Al Baroud
Fadi Ataya ...
Best Man
Mireille Tabsharani Baaklini ...
Tango Class Woman
Rami Challita ...
Florist
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Therese, the mayor's wife in a Lebanese village, joyfully prepares for an overnight visit of her daughter's suitor and his parents. She excitedly shares the happy news of the engagement with pictures of her beloved brother who was killed by a Syrian bomb 20 years ago and is still bizarrely present in every corner of her house. Only when the long-awaited guests are at her doorstep, she discovers they are Syrian; this engagement will only happen over Therese's dead body! Written by Nadia Eliewat & Sophie Boutros

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16 March 2017 (Lebanon)  »

Also Known As:

Den syriska förlovningsringen  »

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$650,000 (estimated)
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Love over bigotry
9 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

So, how can you tackle an issue as sensitive as deeply-rooted, conflict-induced bigotry racism while at the same time introducing a heart-warming work of art with love at its core? I don't know if director Sohpie Butrus had that in mind while making this movie, but whatever she was thinking, she surely translated right on the screen. In just 90 minutes, the movie tells you several stories each with its own significance, tackling themes of loss, prejudice, love and reconciliation. But the keyword here is "story", after all this is what life is about, the everyday stories of ordinary people, those affected by the big events but who are not accounted for in news broadcasts and history books. I didn't go into that movie theater expecting a solution for the Lebanese-Syrian conflict, for art's job is not to give solutions, but to put the problem out there and create a conversation about it.

I truly enjoyed watching Solitaire, it was funny and touching in its own way. The actors and actresses owned their roles, and it was very visually pleasing with the excellent cinematography and beautiful scenery from the Lebanese countryside.

If you're looking for something that's moving without being depressing, and entertaining without being shallow, then I would recommend you give Solitaire a shot, it will be worth your time.


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