Petites Guerres (1982)

Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - France, Lebanon  |  
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Life and death in war-torn Beirut of the late 1970s and early '80s is the focus of this fiction film with a documentary edge. Beirut is criss-crossed with competing political groups - many violent - and gangs of ruffians that ordinary people want to avoid to live in peace. The stories of Soraya (Saroya Khoury) who remains in the city hoping to beguile an aristocrat she loves into a liaison; Talal (Roger Hawa) who has vowed to revenge the murder of his father, and Nabil (Nabil Ismail) a petty cog in the larger wheel of corruption who is trying to pay off his "debt" to the mobsters in order to be free - these stories inevitably involve killings that have no rhyme or reason, and taken as a whole, highlight an inhuman waste of life. This is the first fiction film for Lebanese director (Maroun Baghdadi), also the scriptwriter and producer.

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aristocracy, corruption, gangster, love, marriage-trap, murder, politician, revenge, violence