France / English
"If You Want to be Understood...Listen "Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
interesting, complex tale
The film opens in the Moroccan desert: an elderly tribesman trades a
high-powered rifle to a goat herder for 500 diram & a goat. He hands
the rifle to his two young sons and tells them to kill jackals with it,
to protect the herd. As practice, the start shooting at rocks, a car
passing on the hill below, and finally a bus. That's the only thing
they manage to hit, putting a bullet through the shoulder of a tourist.
In the middle of nowhere, there's no medical help, and no one wants to
wait with the injured person except her husband. That's the setup of
this complex, challenging film. It splits into four related stories,
one in Japan, two in Morocco, and the last in California, where a
housekeeper has to get to her son's wedding in Mexico, but has no one
to watch the two children in her care. She decides to take them along,
and of course things go sour. A good cast, great acting, fine
cinematography, and expert direction make this film well worth
watching. It's not for everyone, but for people who are ready to see
deliberately paced low-key thriller, this is one good film. The split
story line is reminiscent of "Syriana," but in no way copies it.
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