Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Theeb (ذيب) (2014)

Director: Naji Abu Nowar. Cast: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh. 100 min. United Arab Emirates/Qatar/Jordan/UK. Adventure/Drama.

During World War I, in the setting made famous by Lawrence of Arabia, two Bedouins (a young boy and his older brother) guide a British officer to his rendezvous point in the middle of the desert, while being followed by bandits. A slow (but not boring) movie that successfully uses the most simple screenplay maneuvers to create tension in its barren setting, to talk about themes of loyalty and brotherhood, but most attractively, to condemn the constant whining of nations who believe they are and have been exploited by others throughout history. Because after all, "the strong eat the weak".

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