Exile time letter 1988

Borhane Alaouie & 52' — 1988

After « Wartime letter », filmed in Beirut in the Spring of 1984, in many ways a letter about warfront, here comes « Exile time letter ». The film catches four moments of the lives of four men. The four of them belong to those thousands of Lebanese people disseminated all over the world because of a situation of rottenness and absurdity. Two of them live in Paris: Abdallah, the ex-militiaman, waits in the Underground for the hypothetical coming of a friend. Karim, a young intellectual always broke is constantly searching for the survival job. In Brussels, Rizkallah owns a car trade company and mentions his brother who is unable to leave Lebanon. Finaly Nessim, a well-known surgeon, lives in Strasbourg where he just lost and buried his father. Four moments in the lives of four men who have never met each other. The narrator though knows all of them. He shares with them a « small pain so sweet and almost vegetable ». His voice unites them and brings them together for the sending off of this exile letter. « Letter after letter, what is more natural for a lover », says the director, Borhane Alaouie.


Production: Dora Films
Co-production: La Sept, unité de programme, CBA
With the support of the Ministère de la Communauté Française de Belgique

Borhane Alaouie
Borhane Alaouie
Roby Braidy
Henri Morelle
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Jean-Claude Codsi
Stéphane Micus
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