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The Band's Visit(ביקור התזמורת)

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Israel, United States, France · 2007
Rated PG-13 · 1h 23m
Director Eran Kolirin
Starring Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Khalifa Natour, Saleh Bakri
Genre Comedy, Drama

Made up of members of the Egyptian Police force, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra is a band traveling to Israel for the opening of an Arab arts center. However, when they get there, they realize they are in the wrong town. They try to settle in as best they can, but cultural differences prove a formidable obstacle.

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A warm and delightful take on cross-cultural relations that proves that sometimes a light touch is just what's needed to address serious topics.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

As the film concludes with his upraised hand, conductor’s fingers unfurling against a blue sky, you do feel that you have witnessed a small victory of wisdom over indifference and ennui. When in doubt, strike up the band.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

A remote, Israeli desert town is the setting for this droll, endearing comedy about an accidental cultural exchange that very quietly says some very important things about contemporary Arab-Israeli relations.


L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

I’d be lying if I said that The Band’s Visit isn’t touching and uplifting and all those other audience-friendly emotions against which film critics are believed to religiously steel themselves. But in a season rife with movies (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grace Is Gone, The Kite Runner, et al.) that aggressively pry open viewers’ chest cavities and yank on their heartstrings, Kolirin’s film is the only one that plucks at them gently, tickling the funny bone as it goes.

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