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      West Beyrouth

      Released Sep 3, 1998 1 hr. 49 min. Drama List
      94% 16 Reviews Tomatometer 92% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score In 1975, the long slog of civil war has recently begun in Beirut. A high school student named Tarek (Rami Doueiri) is thrilled by all the chaos and upheaval because he no longer needs to go to school. Plus, he finds negotiations between West and East Beirut interesting. Tarek is accompanied by his buddy Omar (Mohamad Chamas) as the two shoot Super 8 films of the tumult around them. The jovial mood takes a tragic turn when Tarek's parents start fighting over whether or not to flee Beirut. Read More Read Less

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      Anthony E If one were to ask of a movie of a teenager just coming of age at the start of Lebanon's Civil War from the mid 70's through the entire 80's, this one, I felt, represents the most of the grounded reality of what it would be like then in the slums of the Lebanese Capitol of Beirut. In a way with this movie, you want to believe that something like a war as such, especially in the Middle East, can just be over with so that these characters can resume with their lives prior to the conflict. It's almost like yearning onto that kind of hope that, as we see through most of the characters in this movie, it's like living a rough dream. Especially in the perspective of the main character, the boy teenager, we don't know what's gonna happen next, or whenever this conflict is gonna end or not. So the best they could do is hold on to each other and possibly find some joy amidst this chaos. It takes a great deal of courage to display something as this film grounded in the sort of reality as to what life was like back then during a harsh chapter in Lebanon's history. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/14/23 Full Review david l West Beirut is set during the Lebanese Civil War, but the director, Ziad Doueiri, smartly chose to focus less on historical facts and more on his own experiences. As a result, the movie did not become a boring history lesson, but a genuinely engaging, heartfelt drama about a family struggling to survive during this hard period. The child acting performances are stupendous and the direction is phenomenal. The film's adventurous, carefree second act is deftly contrasted with the serious punch of its tragic second half. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Nostalgic feeling of the Shiite slums in Beirut and the dreadful conditions my family was forced to live through, but nonetheless hilarious and relatable. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A good story that beautifully shows the universality of youth the world over, regardless of background and regardless of the circumstances they live in. All teenagers have a mischievous side, curios imagination, seek friendship, and have sexual urges they can not suppress. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member It has many plot holes and the acting was very cringy. It fulfills its job to entertain the audience and tells a nostalgic lebanese story Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member impressive perspective of what was going on in people's minds... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: A- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 3/4 May 9, 2003 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Rated: 3/5 Dec 26, 2004 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Dec 11, 2004 Full Review Andy Klein New Times Rated: 4/5 May 29, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In 1975, the long slog of civil war has recently begun in Beirut. A high school student named Tarek (Rami Doueiri) is thrilled by all the chaos and upheaval because he no longer needs to go to school. Plus, he finds negotiations between West and East Beirut interesting. Tarek is accompanied by his buddy Omar (Mohamad Chamas) as the two shoot Super 8 films of the tumult around them. The jovial mood takes a tragic turn when Tarek's parents start fighting over whether or not to flee Beirut.
      Director
      Ziad Doueiri
      Screenwriter
      Ziad Doueiri
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Arabic
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 3, 1998, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 20, 2020
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $385.0K
      Sound Mix
      Surround