Movie Review: The Band’s Visit

I love foreign films.  Subtitled, not dubbed.

‘You say Petah Tikva, I say Bet Hatikva. Let’s call the whole thing off!’

The Band’s Visit  is a 2007 Israeli film about the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra that gets stranded in a small Israeli town due to a transliteration error.  There are no more buses for the day and the band members have to depend on the hospitality of the town’s restaurant owner and her friends to put them up for the night.  The film explores the night’s happenings.

The band members speak Arabic to each other, the Israelis speak Hebrew to each other, and all speak broken English when speaking cross-culturally. It is slow and gentle, but also conveys beautifully and artistically the similarities between cultures.

Parental Guide: One sex scene.  One use of the ‘f’ word (in subtitles).


About yewnique

I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

Posted on Saturday, June 16th, 2012, in Movies and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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