By Utpal Borpujari
A superb piece of cinema from Israel, The Band’s Visit is subtle socio-cultural comedy at its best. First-time director Eran Kolirin is in his elements in this film that has at its core the triumph of human values over cultural contrasts.
It is the story of a ceremonial police band from Alexandria, Egypt, that lands up in a wrong town in Israel to perform after their hosts fail to turn up at the airport to receive them. Playing on the absurdity of political rivalries often scoring over human relationship, the film creates a world where Israelis and Palestinians can fall for each other.
With magnificent performances by Sasson Gabai and Saleh Bakri, the latter one of the best new generation actors from Israel, this film is a heart warmer from all angles. The story focuses on the romance between the band’s conductor and a café owner who offers him and his band member temporary stay till the band traces its hosts. This is a film that will remain in your mind for a long, long time.
The Band’s Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret); dir: Eran Kolirin; 87 Min ; Rs 349 ; Shemaroo World Cinema/ UTV World Movies