"War oozes everywhere": Lebanon in the 1980s as seen by Jacques Weber

It was thirty-five years ago, Beirut was already in ruins.Devastated, not by the apocalyptic blast of ammonium nitrate, but by a nameless and endless war.In October 1984, a year after the attacks perpetrated by Hezbollah against the French and American units of the multinational force, the Lebanese documentary filmmaker Jocelyne Saab (who disappeared in 2019) had taken advantage of a truce to shoot, in a setting of the end of the world, "A suspended life".

The film told of the meeting, in Beirut, of a disillusioned intellectual, Karim, and a 13-year-old girl, Samar, who had only ever known the daily spectacle of desolation and death.above all a way, for the director of "Beirut, my city", to show the incredible faculty of a traumatized people to live in spite of everything, to dance in the rubble, to imagine the crashing of the waves more powerful than the explosion of the waves.bombs.

She had also asked Jacques Weber, who triumphed in Mogador in "Cyrano", directed by Jérôme Savary, to come to Beirut and take on the role, less flamboyant and more neurasthenic, of Karim.To convince him, she reassured him: "Lebanon is no longer dangerous, the seafront is calm."

Even though he had lost his voice by dint of abusing it, Weber had said yes.He also accepted to learn Arabic.From Cyrano, the 34-year-old actor had a taste for going beyond, a sense of sacrifice and panache.He had only one condition: that his wife, Christine, accompany him.He was not disappointed with the trip.

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Posted Date: 2020-09-09

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