Do We Go Now? (PG - 13)
Directed by Nadine Labaki
Written by Rodney Al Haddid, Thomas Bidegain, Jihad Hojeily, Nadine Labaki,
On general release from 22nd June 2012
In the latest film from the director of Caramel
the whole of the Middle East problem is condensed into this simple tale
of life, focused on a village where both Christian and Muslim faith is
observed, yet peace prevails. This makes for a tragic-comedy and a parable
for modern times. While war in the outside world leads to countless victims,
here the women band together to keep the peace and the men from causing
a kick off.
They are surrounded on all sides by minefields and connected to the outside
world by a bombed and dangerous bridge: a lifeline to the outside world
and its woes.
With the aid of miracles, desecration, hashish parties, Ukrainian hotty
strippers and agreement to disagree amongst the clergy, the real powerful
message of the film shines through: no one is right to kill - not from
a pacifist lament but from the mothers’ angle, who are, in the words
of one woman, “Forever wearing black and mourning the losses of
their sons and still wet eyed from last victims.” Should they watch
and let disputes escalate to war in the fragile space or work
might and main miracles even to keep the town united? With the
death of her son Nassim, the central character decides to hide her own
son’s body in a well. Loss, tragedy, comedy, survival, love and
life are mixed together like a French cuisine special. It will affect
you profoundly and stay a while in your thoughts.
This could be a model template for any town, city or village beset by
division - be it religious strife or inherited colonial legacy - with
a time bomb waiting to go off. On a topical note, Ireland comes to mind,
with the Queen’s recent visit and Martin McGuinness shaking royalty
by the hand in an act of almost Collins-like diplomacy.
See it as the is amongst us.