Et maintenant, on va où (2011)

It really has been a while since my hiatus right? i haven’t watch a movie in two weeks! I crave for my usual movie marathon D: But fret not, on this Eid-al Adha i brought you a review of a movie with religious themes (i kid you not!), something to read while you enjoy your festive ketupat after Qurban.

Et maintenant, on va où aka Where Do We Go Now aka وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla’ la wayn‎ is a 2011 Film directed, written, and acted by Nadine Lebaki. I saw the trailer for the movie earlier this year on iTunes Trailer, shortly before it was released in America. The notion was so simple yet hard to take on: Harmonious living among communities of different religions. An issue that is so well known in my country, Indonesia, where riots and violence often occurred in communities of multiple beliefs.

There’s this one little remote, isolated village, so remote they have to buy their necessities in the nearby town regularly, crossing land mines and desserts, There the Muslims and the Christian live harmoniously, peacefully side-by-side in their own terms, with their Mosque and Church erects proudly. When they were exposed to the riots and violence between Muslim and Christian from their new installed TV during one of their public viewing (think of layar tancep, if you will), the men of the village was provoked, starting fights, strike violence, and attempting to disturb the church and the mosque. The women (along with the Priest and the Imam), keeping their level head was trying their best to calm their men and put off war and guard the peace in their village.

It is very intriguing notion, how a piece of news can triggers such reactions from a communities where the people have been living peacefully side by side for years. They have the same culture, eat the same food, do the same job, they have more things in common with the only difference being their belief. Sometimes this is what i feel about media exposure, i believe media can not be neutral and subjective since it is basically made by human, so i believe in certain degree that it is still objectified by a certain point of view. I like how they enlightened the issue by the women often comedic attempts to preserving peace and manipulating their men by faking divine miracle, sabotaging their village television set, hiring Ukranian belly dancers, drugging their men brownies, etc. Dont these women know their men well :)  While the comedic approach was keeping this movie light, the issue is still there, glaring at us with their piercing eyes. The women dramatic approach in the movie climax might not be agreeable in real life, but they struck a point: “Don’t we all have more things in common than the one difference? So why don’t we focus on that, instead of destructing the peace we’ve kept over the years”.

While the issue is paralel ato what happened in real life, this movie did not deliver it as brutal as it is in reality, keeping the lightness with their infused comedy, which i actually really like, despite the solution of the conflicts might will not be applicable in real life. The New York Times compared it to the story of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, a classical athens’ play about a comic account of one woman’s mission to end The Peloponnesian War by witholding sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers to force them to negotiate peace. I enjoy the women’s idea of preserving their village peace, which accentuates a women strength, but did not venture too much into feminism issue. I, personally, found this movie is quite darling.

The film was selected to represent Lebanon for the 84th Academy Awards but did not make the final shortlist, how ever it was part of the official selection at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard parallel competition, where it premiered. It also won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

All Pictures are taken from IMDb

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