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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: 114
- Fresh: 112
- 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.
Fresh: It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.
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.
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.
This is a beautiful little 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.
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.