COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON
A family’s peaceful life is disrupted when a landfill is placed next to their mountain home, polluting their land and throwing their idyllic refuge into chaos.
Perched in the mountains near the Lebanese coast, the utopic compound built by the Badri family feels worlds away from the trash and unrest of Beirut. And that’s exactly how Soraya (Nadine Labaki) and Walid (Saleh Bakri) would like to keep it. But to their distress, the Badris’ paradise is threatened by the ominous arrival of a giant statue of the nation’s president on the lot next to their home, heralding a new landfill meant to alleviate Beirut’s mounting trash management crisis. With their water and air toxically polluted, the tight-knit clan is forced to re-evaluate whether to stay and fight or return to civilization. Memories of the life they left behind come to the surface, aggravating long-simmering tensions between Walid and Soraya. By portraying a family’s desperate, unsuccessful attempt to escape the turmoil of contemporary Lebanon, Director Mounia Akl has created an indelible picture of a nation finding its way forward in the face of governmental corruption and environmental collapse.
CAST: Nadine Labaki, Saleh Bakri, Nadia Charbel, Ceana Restom
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