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Review: Where Do We Go Now?

The long-standing Middle Eastern religious wars are unlikely inspirations for comedy. Bathed in bloodshed and seemingly endless, the strife between religious factions is no laughing matter; it is difficult to make a serious film about the ongoing tragedy, much less a funny one.

So it's to filmmaker Nadine Labaki's great credit that the absurdly comic Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va où?) works so well. The Lebanese writer/director/actress has delivered a quirky, tragic and bitterly funny movie -- complete with musical numbers -- that finds humor without lessening the impact of unspeakable horror.

Where Do We Go Now? is set in a remote, dusty, crumbling Lebanese village where Christians and Muslims have been battling for what seems like forever; thanks to frequent violence, the town appears to have more dead residents than live ones. In relatively peaceful times, both sides seem to focus on their common interests,
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Where Do We Go Now? Review

Following on from Nadine Labaki’s critically-acclaimed directorial début Caramel, the young, talented film maker once again delves into the lives of Lebanese women, and once again creates a film that is as rich in poignancy as it is in affability, in the upcoming drama Where Do We Go Now?

Labaki herself stars in the film as Amale, one of many women desperately attempting to mediate between a growing feud between the Muslims and Christians in a small village in Lebanon. In a village where everybody knows everybody else residents have comfortably been living side by side for centuries despite the clash of religious beliefs separating them. Yet the country is in turmoil following the futile war between religious zealots, and the wives are desperate to steer their husbands and sons away from any potential violence.

Despite successfully hiding any national news coverage of the feud, throwing away newspapers and
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Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant, on va où?) movie clips and images

Clips and images from Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? The drama/comedy scripted by helmer Labaki alongside Rodney Al Haddid, Jihad Hojeily, Sam Mounier and Thomas Bidegain, can be seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Pic was the winner of the People's Choice Award at last year's Toronto Internatinal Film Festival, and also stars Labaki along with Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Yvonne Maalouf, Antoinette Noufaily and Julian Farhat Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, Where Do We Go Now? follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers...
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Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant, on va où?) movie clips and images

Clips and images from Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? The drama/comedy scripted by helmer Labaki alongside Rodney Al Haddid, Jihad Hojeily, Sam Mounier and Thomas Bidegain, can be seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Pic was the winner of the People's Choice Award at last year's Toronto Internatinal Film Festival, and also stars Labaki along with Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Yvonne Maalouf, Antoinette Noufaily and Julian Farhat Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, Where Do We Go Now? follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers...

Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant, on va où?) movie clips and images

Clips and images from Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? The drama/comedy scripted by helmer Labaki alongside Rodney Al Haddid, Jihad Hojeily, Sam Mounier and Thomas Bidegain, can be seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Pic was the winner of the People's Choice Award at last year's Toronto Internatinal Film Festival, and also stars Labaki along with Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Yvonne Maalouf, Antoinette Noufaily and Julian Farhat Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, Where Do We Go Now? follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers...
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