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Laila's Birthday (2008)
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Laila's Birthday (2008)
Original name: عيد ميلاد ليلى
Genre: Drama
Country: Palestine, Tunisia, Netherlands
Duration: 71 min.
Story: "At eight o'clock, it's Laila's birthday, okay?" Palestinian judge turned cab driver Abu Laila's wife reminds her husband. But on his young daughter's birthday, like any day, Abu faces a nerve-wracking shift in a Ramallah yellow cab armed only with an ex-jurist's misplaced pride, a father's loyalty, and a sticker reminding passengers that smoking and carrying AK-47s are prohibited. Rather than address politics or document holy war heroics and villainy, Laila's Birthday focuses on the toll that the unending Palestinian-Israeli conflict extracts from civilians clinging to both employment and a semblance of normal life amidst chaos and corruption, missile attacks and bursts of gunfire.
Style: realistic, sentimental, atmospheric, captivating, humorous, semi serious
Plot: birthday, taxi driver, parents and children, satire, down on your luck, one day, taxi, justice, father and daughter, love, unemployment, society, gift, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, obsessive quest, couples, chaos and mayhem, wedding, cell phone, explosion, candle, birthday cake
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: palestine

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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 85 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 109 min.
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