Eid milad Laila (Laila's Birthday)
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Eid milad Laila (Laila's Birthday)
A taxi-driving judge attempts to keep his promise to return home with a birthday cake for his young daughter while contending with everyday life in occupied territory and doing his best to keep unruly passengers in check. Abu Laila is a judge, though despite being invited to practice in Palestine bureaucracy has prevented him from procuring his papers. Today is his daughter's birthday, and if he can somehow maintain his sanity amidst the chaos of the outside world he plans to buy her a cake so they can celebrate later that evening. Cigarettes are banned from Abu's cab, as are AK-47s.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Masharawi's film is a vivid passenger-seat tour of a society perpetually crashing into madness."
‑ Kevin Lee, Time Out New York
"It's a portrait in frustration and exasperation yet the tone is always affectionate, a satire that confronts serious concerns with a gentle touch..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Funny, refreshingly witty and offbeat with a delicate balance between comedy and drama."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Laila's Birthday is beautifully shot and overlaid with a spare, lyrical score that lends rueful emphasis to Masharawi's exasperated fidelity to a chronically malfunctioning city."
‑ Ella Taylor, Village Voice
"...a promising yet unfulfilling endeavor..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The film's comic tone and biting dialogue tempers the awareness that these vignettes symbolize deeper and more dangerous issues."
‑ Cathleen Roundtree, Boxoffice Magazine
"Rashid Masharawi's film is a fleet, dark urban comedy that registers outrage in glancing jabs of absurdist observation."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"One miserable day for a Palestinian man. The big surprise is that the annoyances come from his fellow Ramallah residents, not from the Israeli occupiers."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"It's only the start of Abu Laila's long, long day in Laila's Birthday (Eid milad Laila), and already, he's impatient."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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