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THE BAND'S VISIT: FILM REVIEW
Posted: May 2008
The Band’s Visit, in my opinion, is a must see. I laughed, internally pondered, craved
diversity, and moaned for love. The ensemble of actors put together by director Eran
Kolirin is beyond filmmaking, it is genius. The film’s characters transcend a typical film
experience by playing on the truisms of life, including being sensitive and selfish. The
characters crave attention, love, and respect, as we all do. If you enjoy sensible films with
subtle comedy and hard-core reality, this is your movie. Don’t be scared, this film is not a
tragedy or gruesome, but it does speak to the soul. In effect, this film is a love story;
however, not in any conventional manner. It took me some time to realize this, but then it
came to me. This film is about loving oneself and trying to learn how one can love life.
The Band’s Visit is true in almost all aspects: not everyday of our lives are going to be
grand. In fact, most days are forgettable and unmoving. For some, life becomes an
unending story with the same plot and tone. At least, so was the case for Astewfiq and
The film portrays the life and tale of an After staying the night, the characters find themselves on the streets of Israel looking for
Egyptian Police Band who are trying to
find their way to their next
performance. Unfortunately, the band
gets lost in a small town in Israel, and is
faced to realize that problems, humor,
and love transcend all cultures. The
Band is fortunate to meet the helping-
hand of Dina, a small-business owner
who offers to house the band members
until they can resume their travels.
love, mentoring, questioning, and praying. For me, the film spoke openly about life’s
nuisances with humor and moments of silence. The director did an excellent job at
capturing the emotions and facial expressions of the cast. I felt as if I was there, on the
side, watching the characters interact and communicate. What the Band’s Camp ultimately
delivers is an understanding and curiosity of what exists beyond the borders of our
countries. The film challenges us to ask the questions, “What’s life like over there?” and
“How can those people understand what I’ve been through?” If you have a love for
independent filmmaking and want to see a laughable and honest comedy, I recommend
The Band’s Visit.
For more information please visit www.thebandsvisit.com