IN SYRIA REVIEWED
“In Syria” follows a mother trying to save her neighbors by turning her home into a barricade. When armed thugs infiltrate the building, will the barricade hold to keep them safe? For a World Cinema film, the feature plays fast and tight. The action is never overdone, but keeps the drama popping quite high. I do agree with some other viewers who say that the film puts a human face on the Syrian crisis. But, it’s also removed enough to play like a suspense movie.
The acting is amazing and it makes me want to see more movies by Hiam Abbass. This was quite a treat and I love that Film Movement brought this one to the masses.
- Short Film
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 6/19/18
The Plot Thus Far
Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass, The Visitor, Blade Runner 20149), mother of three, turned her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbors, trying to protect them from the war outside. When bombs threaten to destroy the building, when snipers turn the courtyards into deadly zones, and burglars break in to claim their dreadful bounties, maintaining the thin balance of routine inside the walls becomes a matter of life and death.