A film of quiet intensity, hard edged charm and surprising revelations, The Band's Visit straddles comedy and drama with ease as it peers into the hearts and minds of a random group of people thrown together by fate. The undercurrents of cultural difference are superbly streamlined in a screenplay that finds the humanity in all its characters, letting them guide the story into credible riffs on the human condition.
It is not a film one talks about in terms of what happens, but in how observant it is and how it gets under our defences in a snapshot of some of human nature's benign aspects. The director is not afraid of still spaces and short silences, working in a rhythm that make Hollywood films seem relentlessly fast. The comedy is soft, the pathos understated and the satisfaction surprisingly full bodied. - Andrew Urban, Urban Cinefile
Starring: Sasson Gabai, Saleh Bakri, Ronit Elkabetz.
Out: June 26