Heaven Without People 8/10
Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone for Easter lunch for the first time in two years. While they all share a joyful meal, an incident ignites underlying tensions between the family members and leads them gradually into chaos.
One of the strongest elements of “Heaven Without People” is its extremely original and authentic script. Director Bourjeily made sure to highlight as many possible adversities that each ‘Lebanese’ family face in a really subtle and humorous manner. Because despite this well-needed comedic tone, “Heaven Without People” will still resonate with each spectator due to the importance of its explored themes as well as for its overall emotional message.
In addition, this film combines a wide range of diverse characters, each with a story of its own. I have to admit some of these characters were developed better than the others but generally speaking, they were all necessary for the sake of the storyline and the flow of events.
Acting wise, everyone and I mean EVERYONE delivered an honest and a heartwarming performance. But for me, only one was able to absolutely blow me away with her perfect interpretation of her character and definitely her mind-blowing acting techniques and that’s of-course the amazing Farah Shaer.
“Heaven Without People” is an action-packed film with the ability to entertain and educate its spectators all at the same time. The extremely laid back and spontaneous atmosphere surely helped in making this necessary piece of Lebanese cinema a huge success!!
I highly recommend it!
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