Eid milad Laila (Laila's Birthday)
Eid milad Laila (Laila's Birthday) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 6, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin B. Lee
Time Out

Masharawi's film is a vivid passenger-seat tour of a society perpetually crashing into madness.

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Sean Axmaker

It's a portrait in frustration and exasperation yet the tone is always affectionate, a satire that confronts serious concerns with a gentle touch...

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Funny, refreshingly witty and offbeat with a delicate balance between comedy and drama.

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a promising yet unfulfilling endeavor...

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Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine

The film's comic tone and biting dialogue tempers the awareness that these vignettes symbolize deeper and more dangerous issues.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Rashid Masharawi's film is a fleet, dark urban comedy that registers outrage in glancing jabs of absurdist observation.

Harvey S. Karten

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.

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Cynthia Fuchs

It's only the start of Abu Laila's long, long day in Laila's Birthday (Eid milad Laila), and already, he's impatient.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A heartwarming, hard-hitting slice of life that flirts with the absurdity of life in wartime. Very Kafka, full of bleak humour and featuring a protagonist you… More
Jim Hunter
This film depicts a day in the life of a Palestinian judge-turned-cab-driver. I'm torn about <i>Laila's Birthday</i>. On the one hand, I… More
Cynthia S.
Sometimes the most effective way to tell a story is let the audience come close to getting first-hand experience. Laila's Birthday gives us a glimpse of… More