Every Day is a Holiday

Dima El-Horr
France, Lebanon 2009 | 87 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU

Three women in a bus in Lebanon. They have the same des­ti­na­tion: a men’s pen­i­ten­tiary. The first woman wants to visit her hus­band whom she hasn’t seen since their day of mar­riage. The second one has only one goal: to get her hus­band who has to serve a long sen­tence to sign the divorce papers and thus gain back her free­dom. The third woman is afraid. She car­ries the gun that her hus­band, a prison guardian, has for­got­ten at home. A straight road seems to be lead­ing them quick­ly to their des­ti­na­tion: from Beirut centre to the Mermel prison in the desert. How­ev­er, the jour­ney becomes com­pli­cat­ed. The sound of a stray bullet causes quite a stir and also indi­cates that dan­ger­ous and ter­ri­ble things are going on in this coun­try which is at civil war. There are rumours about a mas­sacre. Groups of refugees are spot­ted. The jour­ney of the three women con­tin­ues, a jour­ney to the inner self of the country.