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Bab el shams (2004)

In the beginning was Palestine, and the story of Younes (Orwa Nyrabia) began, known as Abou Salem, known as the Man, said to be the father of Ibrahim, fighting the English from the age of ... See full synopsis »

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Yusri Nasrullah

Writers:

Elias Khoury (novel), Yusri Nasrullah | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Hiam Abbass ... Um Youness
Fadi Abi Samra Fadi Abi Samra ... Dr. Amjad
Hussein Abou Seada Hussein Abou Seada ... Colonel Mehdi
Fady Abou-Samra Fady Abou-Samra ... Dr. Amgad
Mohamad Akil Mohamad Akil ... Responsable OLP
Ahmad Al Ahmad Ahmad Al Ahmad ... Adnan
Darina Al Joundi ... Femme fantôme (as Darina El Joundi)
Vivianne Antonios Vivianne Antonios ... Epouse de Sameh
Muhtaseb Aref Muhtaseb Aref ... Sheikh Ibrahim
Gérard Avedissian Gérard Avedissian ... Barman
Antoine Balabane Antoine Balabane ... Georges
Béatrice Dalle ... Catherine
Maher Essam Maher Essam ... Selim
Hanane Hajj Ali Hanane Hajj Ali ... Zeinab
Mohamed Hedaki Mohamed Hedaki ... Abou Essaf
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In the beginning was Palestine, and the story of Younes (Orwa Nyrabia) began, known as Abou Salem, known as the Man, said to be the father of Ibrahim, fighting the English from the age of 16, still fighting, but retrenched in the Lebanon, illegal in his own country ; the story of Nahila (Rim Turki) also began, married to him when she was twelve, breast-feeding their first child, born during the villagers' exhausting trek towards the North, fleeing their burning homes, Nahila whom he met secretly in a cave in Bab El Chams, in Galilee. Again it is the story of Doctor Khalil (Bassel Khayat), abandoned by his mother in the shambles of the refugee camps, who, in Beirut, rescued Younes in a deep coma, lulling him with the tragic story of his people ; and yet again it is that of Chams (Hala Omran) whom Khalil loved and was executed by his companions in arms. Fifty years of history full of suffering, hope and love.

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Romance | Drama | War

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Captivating epic / History of the Palestinians 101
28 April 2006 | by kai_sheffieldSee all my reviews

This movie is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the Palestinians' displacement in the 1948 war and the history since then, and the second part dealing more specifically with the Lebanon war and the Palestinians' complicated situation there.

The first part is absolutely brilliant, a totally engaging epic told through the a comatose Palestinian militant. The second part has a lot more dialogue and gets a bit didactic in parts, where it seems like the characters are just explaining the politics of the Middle East for the benefit of the camera. Since the whole movie runs 4.5 hours, this half could probably have benefited from some cutting, but it's still hard to criticize the film as a whole.


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Arabic | English | French

Release Date:

19 January 2005 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

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$19,516
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