Sunday, February 7, 2010
DVD Pick: Rashid Masharawi's LAILA'S BIRTHDAY -- a sweet/comic/sad day with some Palestinians
A fine, small film that's likely to have slipped by you completely is LAILA'S BIRTHDAY from Palestinian writer/director Rashid Masharawi (shown below). Running but 70 minutes including credits, it's a short one but packed with telling moments that range from flat-out funny to moving, surprising and plain fascinating.
Mohammed Bakri (above), his lovely wife by Areen Omari (below) and little Laila by Nour Zoubi (shown at bottom) in her film debut. They're all fine but it's Mr. Bakri's movie -- his, and the many people of all types/classes
/levels of decency that he encounters throughout his day.
Kino International, is available for purchase (Kino, Amazon, etc.) or rental (Netflix, Blockbuster and other video sources who offer international film).