The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret)
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The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret)
A band composed of members of the Egyptian police force heads to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"[Writer/director Eran] Kolirin finds bittersweet humor in the comedy of their melancholy lives and fumbling efforts at communication and common ground"
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Not so much a story about Jews and Arabs finding a way to get along as it is a nonpolitical story about people discovering the humanity in others, in all their scared, awkward beauty."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"This foreign film is a sweet, lower-than-low-key story of an Egyptian police band that arrives in the wrong Israeli town."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Like no fish-out-of-water film in recent memory, it leaves you with the hope that these fish will find their way back to water, and maybe learn to share that puddle before the desert dries it up entirely."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A quiet, sympathetic film about the loneliness that surrounds us."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Filmmaker Kolirin shows Israelis what they've been missing, and the rest of us what the Middle East could be, in the gentle, human-scale antics of the confused Egyptian band."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Some of the humorous and touching explorations between the band and their hosts are predictable, but a sweet portrait of humanism amidst language and cultural confusion."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Those who like their comedy, romance, and tragedy in quiet doses should enjoy this textured story."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Kolirin has a fine sense of where to place the camera and when to cut between shots for maximum comic effect."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"You can watch The Band's Visit for its political idealism, or you can watch it for entertainment value alone. In either case, it doesn't disappoint."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"A conventional humanistic parable that it is wise and graceful all the same"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"One of the film's prime strengths is its wordless willingness to let the principal characters express themselves through music and mime to overcome cultural barriers. [DVD]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A witty, elegant and deeply affecting film."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
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