Lebanese film about a remote village inhabited by Muslims and Christians: The village is surrounded by landmines and civil war rages through the country, pitting the two faiths against one another, while the women of the village try to keep the men civil. With Nadine Labaki, Claude Moussawbaa and Layla Hakim. Directed by Nadine Labaki. In Arabic, French, Russian and English with English subtitles. [1:50]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - Five women belly dance in a room filled with men; the women are wearing bikini-style tops and dancing suggestively with the men as several other women watch approvingly and one of the women kisses an elderly man on the forehead.
► Men, women and children gather around a television where we see a man and a woman (presumably nude), kissing passionately; an older woman shouts to turn off the television as the man and the woman on the TV recline (a man changes the channel).
► Five women wearing tight, low-cut or abdomen revealing clothes emerge from a bus; two women remark that they are "naked" and it is implied that several women paid the five women to appear in their village as a distraction for the men. A woman finds a flyer for a strip club and we see no nudity but the flyer is obviously for exotic dancers.
► For a substantial part of the movie several men fawn over five women who are exotic dancers; we see the men groveling before the women and offering to help them in any way they can as the women fan themselves and wear revealing clothing. Several men whistle and catcall when they see a woman wearing a tight, low-cut tank top on television. A man and a woman share a dream-sequence where they sing to one another while dancing arm-in-arm.
► A woman wearing a floor-length short-sleeve dress shouts at her husband, saying that she knows she is "naked." A man makes a crude joke about another man's mother; the joke quickly dissolves into the two men, backed up by several other men, fighting (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman makes a crude joke about her husband not having sex with her; the woman then jokes that the man only uses himself "as a garden hose" to urinate.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman drags the lifeless body of her teenage son off a scooter; the woman screams and weeps as another teen boy explains that the two of them had gotten between a group of people fighting and he was accidentally attacked and killed.
► We see a woman and her teenage daughter preparing a dead teen's body; a bullet hole is seen in the boy's temple and the woman, her teenage daughter and a teen boy lower the body into an empty well.
► A man shouts angrily at his mother and races through a house, moments later the man storms through a doorway and finds his mother standing in the room, holding a shotgun that she shoots him in the leg; he falls to the ground and screams as the woman explains that she does not want him to end up dead after starting a fight (we see the man with a gag in his mouth and he is presumably kept hostage at his mother's house).
► Two men shout at one another in a restaurant, and they shove and punch another as they shout; we see the two men, each flanked by five more men, wrestle and punch one another until a woman breaks up the fight by screaming at them. Several young men and teen boys begin to scuffle after a teen boy grabs a hat off a young man's head; they shout and punch one another before a woman breaks up the fight. A man shouts at another man as he runs toward a statue and smashes it repeatedly; one group of men shouts and rallies around one another, shouting and grabbing at another group of men until a woman breaks them apart. Several women stand up in a crowd, shout and start fights with different men, shouting and playfully grabbing men's hats and shouting.
► A man shouts at a group of young boys, including one boy on crutches (the able bodied boys run away, leaving the injured one behind), and the man kicks the crutches out from under the injured boy and berates him as other men and women watch; a woman pulls the man away when he lifts up the boy by his collar and shouts at him, and another woman later chides the man, saying he should be ashamed of himself for hurting children.
► An older man shouts at several teen boys and young men, warning them to be careful of landmines; we hear an explosion in the distance and one of the young men stumbles down a hill out of fear -- we learn that a goat had detonated a landmine and we see an elderly man carrying a goat through the street (a small amount of blood is shown on the goat's neck as the elderly man drops the goat at the butcher). An older man shouts at two teen boys that they need to be careful walking around landmines. We see signs warning about landmines. A man dramatically leaps backward as a car engine backfires. A teen boy on a ladder reaches for a wire, his ladder slips and he grabs a large cross; the cross snaps and the teen boy falls to the ground (he is unharmed).
► We see several men, women and children emerge from a church with bloody crosses marked on their foreheads; a woman shouts and grabs her child saying that the child has been injured and is bleeding and we later find out (after a woman tastes the blood) that a vessel used in the church had been filled with chicken blood.
► A narrator explains that a village is separated from a war-torn country, people have "blood on their hands" from an extended war, and we see a cemetery filled with photographs. In a fake "vision" an older woman calls out a group of men for preparing guns to harm one another; we see a small amount of blood smudged on a statue's face. A group of women half-jokingly says that they are afraid of wolves in the distance eating them and we hear wolves in the background howling. Several teen boys and young men tease an older man (we see his former pet goat roasting on a spit), saying that he would roast them on a spit if they had died. A woman berates several other women for getting sunburned; we see three of the women wincing in pain, they are obviously sunburned, and one woman shouts when another woman touches her sunburn.
► A woman tells a man that if he wants to hit another man from a certain religious group that he should hit her too. A woman tells her husband that if he wants to kill a man based on his religious beliefs then he must kill her too, since she has changed religions. While translating, a woman tells another woman that a man had said that he would hit a woman because of her religion. An older man and his wife exchange empty threats back and forth with the woman threatening to cut out the man's tongue, and the man threatening to kill the woman. An older man shouts that his wife's brain is "gone forever." Throughout the movie we hear news (both on radio and television) that a country was experiencing civil unrest and two groups of people were fighting one another, four people were injured during a gunfight, a call to arms from one side leading to violence between the two groups, and people murdered and civil unrest. Two men council one another, saying they fear that their village would be a place of "blood bath." A young man asks his mother if she is crazy, and the woman ignores the question. A woman jokingly says she has urinated in her pants in fear.
► Two women approach a woman's house, they throw a rock at the house and she does not respond; then they throw a rock through the window, breaking it and the woman inside shouts at the two women, dramatically saying that they could have killed her.
► A group of women are seen digging up and burying a huge collection of guns, presumably hidden in anticipation of a looming civil war. A man kicks away a goat in the street. Several women are seen tending cemetery plots, including kissing photographs and tombstones.
PROFANITY 4 - 2 sexual references, 5 scatological terms (2 mild), 9 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (totally nuts, tight [anatomical term deleted], chicken, ruffians, little punk, crazy, flat as a board, looks like they've been in a famine, anorexic, bit snobby and proud, selfish, like a plucked chicken, dirty pig, feet like a man, fool), exclamations (shut up), 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A group of women crush up unidentified pills and hash to make cakes and drinks while they sing a song about hash, men are fed hash cakes as well as drinks with various unidentified pills in them and the men act extremely intoxicated (they laugh and fall asleep), and a woman asks two teen boys if they are drunk. Throughout the movie we see men and women smoking cigarettes.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Civil wars, religious intolerance, cooperation, Lebanon, Christian-Muslim relations, revenge, death of a child.
MESSAGE - It takes a lot of work to overcome intolerance.