A Suspended Life

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Une vie suspendue

A Life Suspended

(Gazl el banat)

by Jocelyne Saab

Lebanon

 

Une vie suspendue

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

Year: 1985

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...

 
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