The 4th Annual Broadway Bound Blogathon – The Band’s Visit (2007)

This is part of The 4th Annual Broadway Bound Blogathon being hosted by Rebecca of Taking Up Room.

Tnx for letting me partake Rebecca!

“This is like asking why a man needs a soul.” – Lieutenant-colonel Tawfiq Zacharya

Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 Sep 2009 and 2 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An Egyptian Police band gets stranded in the wrong town in Israel over night and try to find a dialogue with the local residents.

My Take on it – This is a story that has become much more popular ever since it was on Broadway as a play and won numerous awards including the coveted Tony for Best Play.

The story seems like a very simple one, yet the complexities of the characters and their cultural differences are much more apparent to those familiar with the region and its issues.

The cast is superb and both Ronit Elkabatz and Sasson Gabbay are able to give these characters so much life in this minimalist story.

The conversations between these characters are presented in multiple languages and shows how diverse this region is and how much effort everyone needs to put forth in order to create an open dialogue with others from a different culture.

The character’s issues are developed quite well and we get a clear idea that despite the canyon of issues between these two cultures, there is always a way to find a way to bridge that gap along the way if there is a desire on both sides to do so.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was selected to be Israel’s Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008), but it was disqualified by AMPAS because more than 50% of the film’s dialogue was found to be in English, as opposed to Arabic and Hebrew. After an unsuccessful appeal, Israel sent Beaufort (2007) instead (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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