The Band's Visit
The Band's Visit (2007)

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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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Band's Visit is both a clever, subtle slice-of-life comedy, and poignant cross-cultural exploration.

Jonathan F. Richards

The Band's Visit has pathos, but it is also very funny.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

It's both quintessentially Israeli and an enjoyable experience that will touch audiences no matter what their background.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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 Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A quiet, sympathetic film about the loneliness that surrounds us.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

[Writer/director Eran] Kolirin finds bittersweet humor in the comedy of their melancholy lives and fumbling efforts at communication and common ground

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Kolirin has a fine sense of where to place the camera and when to cut between shots for maximum comic effect.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A trip to Israeli nowheresville by a minor Egyptian civic band is an occasion for a interesting little filmic investigation into what forces make us all tick.… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Once-not long ago-a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. Not many remember this...It wasn't that important."</i> A band… More
Daniel Perry
A touching and considered slice of life that's kind of like those small-town-in-the-Midwest movies where everyone's in pain, except it happens in the… More
Luke Baldock
The film opens with the following title card "Once-not long ago-a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. Not many remember this...It wasn't… More
Michael S
An enormously touching slice-of-life drama that I really connected with. *more thoughts soon*
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