Where Do We Go Now?

Directed by Nadine Labaki

Lebanon, 2011

Cornerhouse, 26 June 2012

The smouldering beauty of Nadine Labaki is a captivating presence in this agreeable comedy, which is set in a Lebanese village.

No blonde Ukrainian showgirl can touch her tenebrous fire, though a bevy of such beauties are bussed in to keep the men’s minds free of sectarian bickering.  Those girls are helpful but not entirely successful, and eventually some special-recipe baklava is called into service…

For entertainment and diversion, the film scores highly; but its main premise cannot stand too close an examination.  Why are these saintly women so free of sectarian prejudice and religious hatred, while the men are so prone to it?  Better by far to just enjoy the range and variety of comic incident, not least a crazy scene where the Madonna is seen to weep blood.  While the predominant tone is light and comic, it can also become flighty, polemical, angry, raging… a good film.