West Beirut (1998)

Plot Summary

This is a movie you ought to see, not only

because we think you may have a professional experience in seeing a movie from Lebanon, but because it's a good, and not to forget, a funny movie !for many people, Beyrouth is synonymous with an inferno of blood and grenades. Ziad Doueiri, the director who grew up in Beyrouth during the seventies, remembers it differentlyFor him - Tareq in the movie - and to other youngsters in wartime Beyrouth, "freedom" is what they remember. free from school, the freedom to explore the crazy world of the adults, and most important: the freedom to explore their own, secret urges of adolescence.For the two boys, the most tragic consequence of the war is that the only photo-shop that develops super-8 film is situated on the other side of the "green line", which divides Beyrouth in two. the three friends find it impossible to cross the line of fire, but when Tareq by coincidence discovers that the whorehouse in the eastern part of Beyrouth, also caters to the warriors of the western side, happiness is near...

 

"...vital and full of well observed human touches"- Variety