Claudia and I had the last-minute opportunity to see Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (The Band’s Visit) at the Luxor in Walldorf last night. It was the first and only time so far that they actually started the movie on time, without previews or anything else. I would not mention this, had we not been held up at the ticket counter by an old lady with a complaint. So, with five minutes until showtime, we were slurping down our free glas of sparkling wine at the bar, and when we went in, there was the film!
It is an Israeli/French/US co-op, a quiet, charming, lovely gem of a film, telling the story of the police orchestra from Alexandria who has been invited to an Israeli town for the opening of a new Arab cultural centre. Alas, they end up in a dead-end town with a similar sounding name and must spend the night there. Three people they meet at a diner end up taking them into their homes for the night, and the story goes on from there.
There is no fighting, no hostility, no discussion of politics, just the interactions of strangers who are uneasy with each other until they figure out that they have more in common than they would have expected.