Al Juma Al Akheira / The Last Friday (2011) DVD9
Yousef (played by Ali Suliman, a veteran familiar from the films of Elia Suleiman as well as Body of Lies) has only a few days to find money for a crucial surgical operation. A compulsive gambler, he lost his home, his wife (the beautiful Yasmine Al Masri of Caramel) and all his savings years ago at the poker table. Even his job as a car showroom salesman has been downgraded to that of a company driver. Though the backstory is implicit rather than spelled out, it explains and nuances Yousef’s estrangement from society and his family. The urgency of the moment forces him out of his solitude and on a hurried search for money.
Paralleling his wasted life is that of his unpromising teenage son Emad (Fadi Arida), who cuts school, steals from Dad’s wallet and generally screws up. Both Suliman’s morose, uncompromising father and young Arida’s brash but insecure son are painfully on target, generating a convincingly destructive father-son chemistry.

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:29:26 | 5.07 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Francais
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

Director: Yahya Alabdallah
Cast: Ali Suliman, Fadi Arida, Nabil Kawni
Country: United Arab Emirates, Jordan

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