Behind every great man there stands a great woman.
For anyone that may have been noticing, I have been
really enjoying the selection of foreign films that have
been recently released through the Sony Pictures Classics
label. Personally, I see these films as a window into
cultures that I previously knew little about. With their
unique and intriguing stories, these films are the perfect
deviation from the blandness of Hollywood.
Where Do We Go Now is a humorous look at a most
delicate situation where a church and mosque stand
mere feet apart in a small Middle Eastern village. Seemingly
isolated from the rest of the world, the town's Christian
and Muslim men have learned to co-exist with each other,
but with news coming from the outside about sectarian
violence, the men find themselves fighting each other in
their own community.
The women of the town have seen enough bloodshed.
A local cemetery and roads lined with land mines are
stark reminders of the losses suffered over the years.
With tensions between the two sects at a breaking point,
the women conspire to keep the peace by all necessary
means -- including hiring a troupe of Ukranian strippers
to keep the mens minds occupied.
Where Do We Go Now looks completely pristine on Blu-ray,
with exceptional detail and color reproduction and total
absence of blemishes or scratches. Mostly dialogue driven,
the film stays focused in the front channels with the rears
sparingly used to enhance the film's score and musical
The Blu-ray features a very personal introduction by Lebanese
director Nadine Labaki, who as a mother, draws upon her personal
experiences to explain why she wanted to bring her story to the
screen. In addition to a featurette on the making of the film, there
is a very interesting look at how film's script and music soundtrack
fed upon each other in its creation.
The film is presented in 2.35:1 with Arabic 5.0 DTS-HD MA audio
and English subtitles.
Where Do We Go Now is a mostly enjoyable film that
I found to be somewhat misdirected with its mix of comedy,
violence and .... musical numbers (yes, you read correctly).
Still, despite all its absurdness, I would highly recommend a watch.
Also don't miss: A Separation (2011 Best Foreign Film Winner)
Screenshots courtesy of Sony Pictures