(aka 'Under the Bombs')

Directed by Philippe Aractingi
France | Lebanon | UK  2007


Emotionally engaging, impressively directed and superbly acted drama that uses authentic Lebanon locations to devastating effect.

Directed by Philippe Aractingi, Under the Bombs stars Nada Abou Farhat as Zeina, a Shiite Muslim woman who sends her young son to live with her sister in southern Lebanon while she goes through a messy divorce back home in Dubai. However, after a round of bombings from Israel, Zeina loses touch with her sister and her son, so she travels to Beirut, hoping to find a taxi driver to take her south.

Excerpt from View London located HERE


Theatrical Release: September 2nd, 2007 - Venice film Festival

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:34:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.86 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Arabic | English | French (Dolby Digital 5.1), (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Director (25:46)
• An Audience with Director (7:12)
• Interview with actress Nada Abou Farhat (12:55)
• Trailers
• Stills Gallery

DVD Release Date: July 28th, 200
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Chapters: 16



Decent, dual-layered, anamorphic (original 1.85:1 ratio) and progressive transfer from Artificial Eye. I don't have any strong complaints about the image quality - it looks quite strong at times and the film wavers in its style but the PAL DVD supports it faithfully. Contrast and colors are adeptly rendered. Good news again that I don't see excessive manipulation and the image is very clean.

Audio gives us two flavors - a competent 2.0 channel and a rarely tested 5.1 which, when put to use - has some moments of separation. The dialogue has mostly Arabic with some English and French and there are optional English subtitles (sample below). 

Supplements include a 25 minute interview with director Philippe Aractingi by Daniel Graham. Aractingi is quite energetic and talks a lot with his hands. It's a pleasure to see someone that passionate explain some of the finer points of his vision. I wish more director interviews were this genuinely enthusiastic.  There is another interaction with him in the 7 minute An Audience with Director where he speaks in front of a crowd responding to various cues. We also have a 12 minute interview with actress Nada Abou Farhat about her experiences in making Under The Bombs. There is also a trailer and fairly ineffectual stills gallery.

Great art-house/festival film with a definite message and depth - a truly compelling drama - effectively told and with an intense sense of realism. I feel very fortunate to have seen Under the Bombs and strongly endorse it and the Artificial Eye DVD to others. Highly recommended! 

Gary W. Tooze


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