Love going to war

Love going to war

“Just a moment” is a film about the civil war in Syria, but much more: The great drama manages to merge two worlds.

You could be a normal couple. Karim (Mehdi Meskar) appears to be grounded, stands behind his somewhat quirky girlfriend Lilly (Emily Cox). Today nobody notices that Karim’s parents separated him from his brother five years ago. They sensed the rebellious streak of the two young men, knew that there would be problems in Syria. Therefore, they forced Karim to go to Germany and study there. He looks relaxed, now feels comfortable in Hamburg. Karim is not even anxious about his future when Lilly becomes pregnant. The close relationship with his brother Yassir is on hold until a call comes that suggests bad news. This is where Randa Chahoud’s feature film debut “Just a moment” begins.

Yassir, the big brother, has opposed his parents’ orders, has fought and now seems to be in need. Against all reason, Karim gets on the plane to help him. Does he believe in his sentence “I’ll be back in two days”, or did he just want to give himself courage?

The war in Syria has often been the subject of discussion, and many productions have succeeded in authenticly depicting either the here or the there. So far, however, the stories about this sensitive topic have suffered from the fact that there was no connection, that the view of the local or foreign side was missing. “Just a moment” is different. Also because the film immediately becomes unbearably exciting when you enter the crisis area – the script pulls Karim on one hand and the viewer on the other.

New perspective

Director Randa Chahoud is the daughter of a Syrian toxicologist and a German political scientist. She had known for a long time that she had to make a film about the war. She studied in Berlin, where she was allowed to look over the shoulder of camera icon Michael Ballhaus on the set of “Gangs of New York” during an internship. But neither this nor her music videos play a major role here. It is probably her personal dismay that makes this film a gripping whole. At will, the director changes the scene, is not afraid to jump in time and yet remains stringent in her action. Even if she asks questions about the war, even if she spoke to many people who were there, the film remains told from the Hamburg location. That creates closeness, does not make “Just a moment” a story of the bad elsewhere.

Based on Karim’s girlfriend, who reacts much tougher than most people could, we remain rooted in Germany, shudder at everything that happens abroad. Where Karim suddenly faces violence and makes decisions. Chahoud also tells this interpersonal area convincingly. The script always stays in the flow, once, at a dramatic climax, the film drifts into the melodramatic. But through the last part, which deals with Karim and Lilly in Hamburg, “Just a moment” finally convinces. Emily Cox (“The Last Kingdom”) in particular impressed with her strong performance.

Director Randa Chahoud brings opposites together, she has made a relationship film that goes to war. Her debut is also special because it makes it very difficult for viewers to push and push away due to the proximity to everyday life in Germany.

Just a moment, in the cinema from: 13.08.2020

Movie trailer: “Just a moment”



Trailer “Just a moment”

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Just a moment

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