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During a cease-fire in the Lebanon-Israeli conflict of 2006, a Christian taxi driver brings a Shiite woman from Beirut to the heart of the conflict in the country's south. While they scour the rubble of local towns for her son they discover that despite their very different backgrounds they have much in common. During their trip through the desolate countryside, the two travelers develop a deep bond as a response to the death looming all around them. The film was shot entirely on location during the summer of 2006, in the middle of the ruins of war-torn Lebanon. Director Philipe Aractingi only hired two professional actors, the rest are real refugees, journalists, soldiers, etc. playing themselves.
“Strikingly beautiful…Utterly compelling!”
--Bernard Besserglik/ The Hollywood Reporter - Review
"Poignant... improvised scenes score with their emotional authenticity."
--Alissa Simon/ Variety - Review
--Geoffrey Macnab/ Screen Daily - Review
"Superb! ...a hypnotic roller coater [that is] chilling and deeply affecting"
--Jonathan Curiel/ The San Franciso Chronicle - Review
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Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
"Under the Bombs" is a powerful film about a mother's search for her son in wartorn southern Lebanon. A taxi driver also helps her in her search. The film also shows Lebanon in its sad condition, i.e., bombed to smithereens by Israel, heated fervor by the Hezbollah supporters, aid and UN peacekeepers trying to establish a presence, and loss of innocent lives. Be emotionally prepared for this film.
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