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Top Movies of the Decade #91

band's visit 91.   The Band’s Visit

This might be the best-composed film of the decade.    “The Band’s Visit” brims with shot after shot that should be paused, framed, and hung in an art gallery somewhere.   But it isn’t just beauty for beauty’s sake;  those shots add up to a wonderfully funny, sad, homely little story that you can’t help but love.

About an Egyptian military band that gets stranded in East Nowheresville Israel,  “The Band’s Visit” ought to have lots to say about politics and race, war and peace.   And perhaps it does,  but really it’s more interested in exploring the politics of loneliness, the difficulty of establishing human connection,  the miracle of real communication, and the sad comedy of our attempts at it.

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