Out of Life (1991)

Out of Life (1991)

Released: 1991
Genre: Crime, Drama, Genre, War
Director: Maroun Bagdadi
Starring: Hussein Sbeity, Rafik Ali Ahmad, Hippolyte Girardot, ,
Run time: 97 min
IMDb: 6.8/10
Country: France
Views: 138585


A French photograher is kidnapped and held hostage in a war-torn Beirut. Slowly but surely his integrity and self-respect is broken.
User Reviews: Out of Life is a film about the human condition and the varying relationships between a hostage and his captors. Lebanon’s civil war – though always in the background – is not the main focus of the film.

The viewer is led down the journey of a French journalist’s journey as a captive of a Shiite militia in south Beirut. We are shown how different militiamen (and their families) treat the hostage during his time with them.

While the film humanizes the hostage takers it also evokes empathy for the hostage. A powerful film which can be interpreted in several different ways. It’s not a film to watch solely for entertainment. It’s a thinking person’s film.

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