The Band's Visit

A truly lovely film from first-time Egyptian director Kolirin which should satisfy anyone with a soft spot for the deadpan likes of Jarmusch or Kaurismäki. We join the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band (decked out in decidedly loud blue suits) as they arrive in a small Israeli town to play a concert at the local culture centre. Quickly realising they've made a wrong turn along the way, they grudgingly accept the sanctuary of a kind hearted bar owner and decide to spend a single night in this nowhere town. Themes of cultural and political displacement, as well as the joys of serendipity, are subtly and skillfully enmeshed in what is essentially a joyous, big-hearted and extremely satisfying comedy of manners.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday November 9 2007
Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Eran Kolirin
Cast: Sasson Gabai
Saleh Bakri
Ronit Elkabetz
Khalifa Natour

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Sarah

Absolutely LOVED this film ~ it was laugh out loud funny as well as being very sweet and touching. A real gem of a film.

Sarah

Absolutely LOVED this film ~ it was laugh out loud funny as well as being very sweet and touching. A real gem of a film.