Shot in war-ravaged Beirut and Lebanon, this slightly uneven, but still very engaging and visually evocative, film is about a hardened young teen Samar (Hala Bassam) and her adjustments to life and love in a blighted city. Samar has toughened her response to death and bullets and missiles because that is all she has ever known, unlike her older friends who constantly long for life as they once knew it -- peaceful, and with promise for the future. In her constant wanderings among the rubble of the city, Samar's coolness toward war is an obvious defense against despair. In contrast to her reaction, is the reaction of the artist Karim (Jacques Weber) whose own anguish is expressed on his canvases. Samar starts to fall for the handsome Karim -- and he appreciates her inner strength -- but given their situation and viewpoints, a relationship seems just about impossible.
~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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