Slated to open Friday at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, 2501 W. Memorial, the movie is set in an isolated Lebanese village with an uneasy truce between the towns Christian and Muslim populations. The peacekeepers are the women Christian and Muslim alike who distract the mens bellicose tendencies any way they can, whether its hiring a Ukrainian striptease artists or sedating the guys with hash-laden sweets.
Its Lysistrata by way of Al-Jazeera.
Writer-director Nadine Labaki is part of the ensemble cast as Amal, a Christian widow and restaurant owner who has one of the films better scenes, an effective (if unsubtle) speech in which she admonishes the men for their violence. You think were just here to mourn you? she screams.
But most of Where Do We Go Now? is burdened with comedy that relies on the conceit that all the men in town are idiots. The drama, meanwhile, feels overwrought.
Its a mess, albeit an occasionally intriguing one. The film opens with a group of women dressed in black, hands over their hearts walking in step toward a cemetery on the outskirts of town. They are en route to mourn the deaths of husbands and brothers, fathers and sons. The womens movements vacillate between a march and a synchronized dance.
The image is beautiful and quirky, and its a promise that isnt quite fulfilled by what follows.