A Life Suspended
(Gazl el banat)
Director: Jocelyne Saab
Script: Gérard Brach
Cinematographer: Claude La Rue
Editing: Philippe Gosselet
Sound: Pierre Lorrain
Music: Siegfried Kessler
Cast: Jacques Weber, Hala Bassam, Juliet Berto, Ali Diab, Khaled El Sayed
Production: Aleph Production, Balcon Production, Cinevidéo et Téléfilms
35 mm, Colour, 90 min,
OV Arabic, French with French Subtitles
Samar was born in Beirut during the war. She led a forced nomadic existence and grew up among the combatants. While being in touch with them she developed a taste for defiance, which contrasts with her fascination for Egyptian films fully supplied by TV.
In a pink secret villa, Karim, an artist belonging to both cultures, dedicates himself to painting arabesques. Thus he hopes to find a shelter from losing his mind. Indeed he feels exhausted and has perhaps even no desire to live any more. The war makes the encounter of Samar and Karim possible...