Where Do We Go Now
Using humour to explore the pointlessness of religious fighting between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East takes a fair bit of guts and a deft hand at directing, but writer, director and main actor, Nadine Labaki manages to pull it off with ease, and little quirkiness.
In a remote village, cut off from the surround country and it’s religious issues, Muslims and Christians have been getting along just fine, but when some local boys figure out a way to get decent TV reception, the outside world soon floods in and the peaceful village soon becomes a hotbed of unrest. At least between the males. The women on the other hand, are working together behind the scenes to try and bring harmony back to their village.
Lead by Amale (Nadine Labaki) a Christian widow, and the sexiest woman in the village, who just happens to have the hots for her Muslim decorator, the local ladies do all they can to stop their men from fighting, and filling up the local graveyard again. As the situation gets more and more desperate, so do the ladies who resort to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers, and lacing their husbands food with hash.
The quirky style involves a few almost bollywood style song breakouts and plenty of houmour.
Nadine Labaki does however weave in a tragic side just to make sure the audience stays aware that this is a serious topic, and the overriding feeling is that if we just left the running of the world to our wives and mothers, the world would be a much better place.
It’s quirky, warm and very enjoyable and definitely worth catching during the festival.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read