The Band’s Visit

This film won many foreign film awards. I fell upon it being reviewed before another movie. An Egyptian orchestra is scheduled to perform at the opening of an Arab cultural centre in Israel. The band arrives in Israel in full regalia and get on the wrong bus ending up in a small town where nothing ever happens. They communicate with the Israelis in English and the other dialogue is subtitled. I will leave you to decide what you think the movie is about but it is touching and very funny in parts as well as thought provoking in others. Although not sworn enemies there is still an uneasiness about the locals hosting the Arabs but a certain détente is arrived at relatively quickly thanks to the owner of a little café in the middle of town.

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