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The Band's Visit

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Eran Kolirin

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About the Movie

This heartwarming and poignant winner of the Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard prize is the mesmerizing and witty story of strangers in a strange land. A fading Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to play at the Arab Cultural Center. When they take the wrong bus, the band members find themselves in a desolate Israeli village. With no other option than to spend the night with the local townspeople, the two distinctly different cultures realize the universal bonds of love, music and life. Set against a breathtaking desert landscape, this cross-cultural comedy proves that getting lost is sometimes the best way to find yourself.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 115
  • Fresh: 113
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: You can watch The Band's Visit for its political idealism, or you can watch it for entertainment value alone. In either case, it doesn't disappoint. – Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: This modest little fable from Israel, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, has spellbinding resonances, yet never breaks the spell by blowing its own horn. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: With luck, filmgoers who discover this gem about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town will make it the must-see movie of the season. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This is a beautiful little movie.

Charming movie.

This film is touching, funny and enlightening. A wonderful story, wonderfully told this film is a must see for anyone interested in an honest portrayal of life in Israel and of the relations between Jews and Arabs. The film is subdued and moves and its own comfortable pace but I think this allows the story to develop and for the audience to get to know the characters. Most of the dialogue is in English so this film doesn’t have the feel of a typical foreign language picture. I highly recommend it.

Fantastic movie

It will engage you from begining to end. Pay attention to subtile hints in the movie about the Arab/Israeli conflict. Perhaps music is the answer to all problems.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2008

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