In a patriarchal society, an ordinary Georgian family lives with three generations under one roof. All are shocked when 52-year-old Manana decides to move out from her parents' home and ... See full summary »
After telling a white lie which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive, musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, even though he's madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.
Two women's lives will intersect while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.
A teenager who went missing and was presumed dead returns home after eight years to find a family deeply affected by his disappearance. Gradually, doubts arise about whether he really is the missing boy or an impostor.
Desert noon in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel. Jalila is hosting an awkward celebration - the marriage of her husband to a second, much younger wife - while trying to conceal the insult that boils inside her. Her daughter Layla is preoccupied with a different matter. Her secret, strictly forbidden, love affair with Anuar was just unveiled by her mother. Jalila believes that the world is harsh and cruel, and the only way to win - is to keep your mouth shut, your head as high as possible without raising too much attention, and struggle from inside the limits of the traditional world surrounding you. Layla believes that there are no limits to the world surrounding her. Everything can be hers if she only wished hard enough. But, as the story unfolds, they each fail in her individual battle. Their whole family falls apart and everything they believe in shatters. Now, the two women are forced to understand that, if they wish to survive, they will have to start seeing the world from ...Written by
Captures well delicate complexity of the situation.
Perhaps I have to reevaluate my ingrained trust with 7 stars rating as a metric of quality, with this at 6.8 I didn't expect so high. I anticipated it to be a stereotypical, politically charged Arab's crude conservatism imagery that detach, delineate you to side clearly off the black and white character (as in social value metric not typical good and bad). Unexpectedly, it unpacks humanely with a blend of conflicting contradiction in the character far from being one dimensional, inhibited by consequence we have no clear insight about but hinted. Someone or thing is either way at stake. The father fosters a certain privilege to his daughter but hypocrite through indirect treatment to his first wife, yet you still pity him for whatever it is that inhibit him. Her mom, uptight and resentful turns out protecting her for an option her daughter deserves, more so than the more liberal father.
Halfway through I found it well put and anticipated a disappointing turn that justifies the below 7 rating. There was none. The ending is not as justly suited to what her strong personality suggested to be, by (spoiler) having her bent to tradition eventually (but well, this is real life). She remained guarded unmannerly at the end. The new husband's hint of submissive reaction draws him less of a typical antagonist. Made you think that fairness aside, it has yet been proven to be dramatically
a whole lot of wrong turn, just like real life: some options might be not entirely bad but not wanting it in the first place compromised some degree of unsatisfactory or happiness.
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