The premise for this thoughtful film is tragic. The women of the village, split between Moslem and Christian, are sick with grief over the toll that sectarian violence has taken in their lives. The village has been all but cut off by the destruction of a bridge to the rest of the world. The women, along with the cooperation of the local priest and imam, conspire through a series of contrivances, to keep peace but events keep prividing incitements to the men who are touchy and proud. A bevy of Ukranian 'showgirls' are called in to distract them, but the women must still gamble on a dramtic shift in the paradigm of their lives in one last ditch effort to avoid tragedy.
The main fun is with the women. They are pesants by breeding and their colorful and sometimes bawdy dialogue adds to the fun of the film. The director has steered a careful line between comedy and tragedy. The jokes do not cheapen the film's serious theme.
Unlike the prior reviewer, I did not find the lack of sophistication of many of the actors to be an obstacle to my enjoyment of the movie. I laughed out loud at parts as did other members of the audience. It's a worthwhile show.
Pros well paced, great story, funny
Cons stodgy opening
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Exhausting and agonizing to sit through, but feels accurate
The male characters in this film are portrayed as nothing more than baboons who react with physical violence any chance they get. On the other hand, the women are the heroines who work together, christians and muslims, to prevent conflict from ensuing between the men. It's an interesting take on the root of the conflict in Lebanon between the christians and the muslims. It's also worth noting that there are several musical-like sequences in this movie. I'm giving this movie 3 stars because it does several things very, very well. The female characters are well written and uncharacteristically strong for the middle east. It also takes religious tolerance seriously from both the christian and muslim side. However, the male characters are flat and poorly developed; the musical sequences are tasteless; and, there's no clear focus on a story. I can't recommend it because most people will find it tedious and jagged.
Pros strong femaie characters
Cons bad acting, slow, poorly written male characters