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Turning The Spotlight On....Where Do We Go Now


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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 06 2012 - 07:55 AM






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
interludes.


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





 

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