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by Eric Baudelaire


On a beach in Beirut, Lili and Michel meet… or maybe they are coming together again. An unlikely couple caught between two different eras, between a future and a past that seem possibly interchangeable, they are trying to establish what is an ambiguous memory: that of a terrorist act, an explosion and the loss of a child, Elena. The voice of a Japanese narrator adds a further layer of complication to their scrambled memories in evoking his own past in war-torn Beirut and the 27 years he spent alongside Palestinians as a member of the Japanese Red Army. Michel and Lili’s destiny seems subject to the mystery that this man, the legendary screenwriter of the Japanese New Wave, Masao Adachi, has created for them, and which he punctuates with a series of revelations.

international title: The Ugly One
original title: The Ugly One
country: France, Lebanon
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Eric Baudelaire
cast: Rabih Mroue, Juliette Navis, Manal Khader
cinematography by: Claire Mathon
film editing: Stéphane Elmadjian, Cecile Frey
art director: Nanou Ghanem
costumes designer: Beatrice Harb
production: Poulet-Malassis
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