Lucien Bourjeily’s Ghada El Eid is a damn good movie.
It’s the first time in a long time that I watch a Lebanese movie with no “BUT” or “I WISH” feelings after it ends. While this statement insinuates that “Ghada El Eid” is a perfect production, on a personal level, it pretty much felt like a complete film from beginning to end.
First, you have to know that it’s not a commercial movie, it’s rather on the film d’auteur or art’s film side. It happens in one house, around one event, an Easter Family Lunch. But still, in script and content, Ghada El Eid can entertain the masses but most importantly shock them, which is beautiful.
This will be a quick review telling whoever’s reading to GO WATCH THE MOVIE.
And please note that I don’t know Lucien Bourjeily or was I in any way commissioned or bribed to write this.
Script & Acting:
These are the strong points of the film. Coming from a theater background, Lucien’s script is on point. Words like: “byetbalwar bi shakhsite” are not said which makes the written script believable and relatable. At no point will you say “no one talks like this”. As a plot or scenario, the movie is very insightful on what goes inside typical Lebanese families — “I have a relative like this” thought, will pop into your head throughout the course of the movie.
On acting, I am not sure if any of the actors are professional, but I could tell that their training and direction was. Each character’s background story is felt and cleared through their actions and their dialogues. Their delivery is just natural and magnificently refreshing for the setting of the movie.
Structure & Camera Language:
Though Ghada El Eid’s beginning is a slow one, it gives the right build up for its climax and end. If you’re bored during the first 30 minutes, hang in there and try to enjoy the acting, because… shit’s about to go down.
The camera language is tricky I have to say, at least in the beginning of the movie until the real story unveils itself. Many may think they’ve made it a mistake — is it a failed dogma school interpretation? Is it a hand-held movement gone wrong?. I have to say it may be the only part that is not quite “there”. BUT, I think it’s not an accidental choice, it’s rather, for me, a conceptual way of showing how us Lebanese never really understand at first who we’re meeting or see anyone “clearly” right away – you’ll know what I am talking about it when you see the movie and you can tell me if I am wrong.
Well, the art direction and wardrobe are true to where normal Lebanese people live or what they wear. And it’s a beautiful representation of it.
There were only 5 people in the movie theater when I saw it… 3 of them were me and my friends.
Again. Please, please, go encourage Lebanon’s independent film productions. Lucien, wrote, directed, and Produced this movie – and he deserves to be recognized for it. I only wish more Lebanese movies like Ghada El Eid would be released, something to educate or question our society’s values – not a Hollywood-Oscar recipe film that would only please the masses or generate ticket sales.
Go watch the movie before it’s removed from cinemas, don’t wait for a pirated DVD copy… please?
Unless you like talking or listening to voice note messages at movie theaters… then stay home. Thanks.