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Je Veux Voir

Catherine Deneuve et Rabih Mroué

Je Veux Voir

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Catherine Deneuve, Rabih Mroué

year: 2008

colour: yes


director: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

runtime: 115

When war again broke out in Lebanon in July 2006, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige found they no longer knew “what to write, what stories to recount, what images to show”. So what could cinema do? Hadjithomas and Joreige invited an icon of cinema, Catherine Deneuve, to visit Lebanon and see for herself the impact of war. Her guide would be Rabih Mroué, a Lebanese actor and a perfect foil to Deneuve – every bit as enigmatic and strong willed, especially about his country. A unique composite of scripted scenes, documentary footage and improvised travelogue, Mroué drives Deneuve from her five star hotel through the shattered concrete and twisted metal of Beirut's bombed buildings. As they proceed to the even more ravaged south Lebanon, Deneuve bears witness to another nation's tragedy, one bump in the road at a time.


18/09/2009 - patriciaconnell said :

It's a film that has to be seen. Deneuve like never before.


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