The Band’s Visit

2007 Egypt

Screening: 3rd April 2023, 87 minutes

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An Egyptian ceremonial police band are invited to play at the opening of an Arab arts’ centre in Israel. After catching the wrong bus, they spend the night in an unremarkable town where they learn about themselves and their hosts. A subtle study of human behaviour.

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Another delightful yet thoughtful film. Was it a bitter pill with a sweet coating? Probably... Great acting & I appreciated the soundtrack greatly. No background orchestration.
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Very interesting view of Israelis and Egyptians mixing where they normally do not talk to each other in normal life.
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Thoughtful - understated & sensitive. Beautifully filmed & acted. The human agent leading to xxx?
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Lovely pace - I loved getting to know the characters of the band and the people they met on this journey.
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Brilliant - loved it. Funny but needed more music.
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A great exploration of cultures meeting. Excellent viewing.
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Really good - funny & foreign!
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It was great to see this cultural exchange. How they found the way to relate to each other.
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Beautifully arranged film. Very gentle and the lady was xxx.
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A lovely film. Sad & hopeful at the same time.
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The Israeli Kate Winslet - a great character & subtly played. Happy/sad movie.
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Charming observation of human behaviour.
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Great film - humanising!
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Enjoyed it - Sad but good.
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Very interesting.
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Plenty of food for thought! Good acting & music.
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It kept my attention.
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The power of music - it doesn't need words. Brilliant camera work.
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Interesting film!
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Livelier than an evening in Basingstoke.
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Wonderful atmosphere.
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Quite emotional in parts. I felt empathy 'oh for goodness sake' Enjoyable.
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Interesting - just wondering about the rest of the band's lives.
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Wanted more - over too quickly. Fun.
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A lovely gentle film. But a bit... lonely - glad I saw it with company!
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Slow enjoyable film.
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Enjoyable and interesting to see differences in culture and universal similarities.
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A touching and humorous feel good film.
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Great cultural story. Humorous/witty - made me smile.
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Very gentle. Humorous. Enjoyable.
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Very good. Interesting on different cultures.
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Very slow. Unusual but I enjoyed it.
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A very thoughtful film.
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Left a good feeling. If only all things could be sorted so simply.
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A gentle film.
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Slow but emotional. Capt Mainwaring got better! A truly human story (or stories).
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Proper Film Club movie. Loved the quirky nature of the movie.
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A bit slow but enjoyable. Liked the music. Characters stayed true to themselves even in adversity.
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Unusual but charming!
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Grateful to Fleet Film: not a film I would have seen otherwise. Atmospheric and honest - too slow for my taste.
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Cleverly filmed with great close-ups on facial expressions. Loved the slow awkwardness.
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A slow burning study in human interactions - very different film - quite enjoyable.
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Loved it, thank you for selecting this film.
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Quietly entertaining - detected a little strain in relationships though as differences emerged. Enjoyed it.
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An interesting film - A lot unspoken but a lot suggested. It showed how often humans do not express how they feel and this affects their lives deeply. Well acted, moving, sad and funny in part. Worth watching.
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Rather slow but an interesting mix of understanding & misunderstanding between people. I found 'the general's' reticence a bit frustrating.
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Lovely , gentle film. I really enjoyed it and especially the end when we heard the band playing. Didn't want it to end.
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Romantic.
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Lovely.
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What a weird little film!
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Bit slow.
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A bit soulful and slow and humour was supplanted with pathos.
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Very slow moving but poignant & funny.
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Endearing but pointless!
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Interesting culturally but rather slow.
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Funny and entertaining. An interesting take on the differences between the two cultures.
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Quite a sweet film. Less music than anticipated but what there was good. Felt it was too slow.
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Some comedy but what was the point?
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A slow, gentle film but some emotional themes emerged. A change of pace, reflective... but overall enjoyed.
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Slow but poignant. Shows that language is not important in sharing unhappiness!
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I loved the music & the character studies. I wish we got to know the rest of the band more!
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Felt it did not reach conclusion.
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Bit slow, not very funny - a bit sad.
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Sad & lonely people in a sad & lonely place...
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An interesting depiction of the interaction between different cultures and the development of repressed characters but too slow.
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Good to have Middle Eastern film. Found it boring at times - sad people! They all needed a good 'shake'. Repressed, constrained & fearful mostly. Sunshine was nice!
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A slow, sad film. Thought it was going to be funny.
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Too slow. I don't think I missed much when I nodded off in the middle for a few minutes.
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Not for me!
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Terrible!

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