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"A MASTERPIECE"

A great film that finds hope in tragedy.

-Georgio Biferali ESQUIRE

"UN HYMNE ÉMOUVANT À L'INNOCENCE" 

-Carlota Mosguí CINEUROPA

"VISUALLY ABSORBING"

–Jay Wiesberg VARIETY

"STUNNING DIRECTORIAL DEBUT"

-Monique Vingneault FILM INQUIRY

"MASTERPIECE"

1982 triumphs as it should.

-Nina Rothe THRIVE GLOBAL

"A TOUCHING TALE OF FIRST LOVE AND RESILIENCE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT."

-Lorna Cordai CULTURED VULTURES

"A TRIUMPH."

The depth Mouaness brings to each of his characters, major and minor, is impressive. We feel, in a relatively short time, like we have come to know them and that alone is a triumph.

-ORCASOUND

"DISTINCT AND POWERFUL FILMMAKING CRAFT..." 

-Andrew Bundy THE PLAYLIST

"A SENSITIVE SLICE-OF-LIFE DRAMA" 

1982 has such a wonderful ensemble cast with characters that feel like they each have their own backstory that it’s easy to get swept up in the tension even before the bomber planes make their appearance.  The movie explores what it’s like for a child to make sense of senseless violence.

-Monica Castilo ROGER EBERT

"1982 EXCELS IN VISUAL ACUMEN AND NARRATIVE BALANCE"

Mouaness’ debut feature succeeds in accessing emotional truths that leave a lingering bittersweet melancholy.

–Jay Wiesberg VARIETY

"POIGNANT"

REMINSCENT OF PHILIPPE FALARDEAU'S MONSIEUR LAZHAR, the film is a touching, delicate look at childlike wonder and humanity, and the loss of innocence that comes with adulthood. 1982 demonstrates the complexities of love and war, as well as the resilience of the human spirit.

-Lorna Cordai CINEMA ESCAPIST

"AN ULTIMATELY SOLID DEBUT THAT 

WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BREAK YOUR HEART."

-Thomas Wishloff IN THE SEATS

a script with "NUANCED SUBTLETIES"
Oualid Mouaness crafts a beautiful tale of impending separation primarily through the innocent lens of children. It’s an impressive feature film debut that certainly cements his status as a talent to watch for.
-Wilson Kwong THROWDOWN815

"A HAUNTING, SLOW BURNING STORY."

-Matt Bodkin ECLAIM.CA 

 

Mouaness’ feature-length debut is AUDACIOUS AND ADMIRABLE; it’s very well made, impressively staged and shot with an artistic eye for the smallest of details. 1982 captures that beautiful sense of childhood innocence—wonder and longing—that always seems to get lost somewhere along the way to growing up. 

-Andrew Bundy THE PLAYLIST

"Conjured up memories of Roberto Benigni's LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL."

- Keith Whittier OTTAWA LIFE

"With EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES, we are not only given the opportunity to walk back in time, but to also walk in another’s shoes in a world where the future of tomorrow is truly unknown."

- Pamela Powell REAL HONEST REVIEWS

"A SURPRISING FIRST WORK THAT CONQUERS THE HEART AND MIND" 

Oualid Mouaness has the talent of a transfigurer, giving us a portrait that is stylized yet so dense and concrete. The camera announces the ongoing tragedy by simply showing what is happening, captures the suspense, the expectations, the tensions, the discussions of the teachers, the pressing calls, the impossibility of ending the exam, the escape on the buses, in the car. We understand everything, without too many explanations. From inside that school we know of a world so far from ours: the open and closed gates that divide Beirut, the political and ideological contrasts, the militia; Meanwhile, Wissam is distracted by his love and by Trigon, the superhero he invented to protect everyone. This is a day that you will never forget.

-Maria Cera TAXIDRIVERS.IT

"Empathetic and inspired coming-of-age story." 

1982 fits into the canon of the many cinematic works that have faced the tormented past of the small Middle Eastern nation, from the autochthonous and seminal West Beyrouth (1998) by Ziad Doueiri to one of the many small masterpieces including the one shot by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, the heartbreaking Incendies (2010). With indescribable grace, Lebanese filmmaker Oualid Mouaness is able to concentrate in the microcosm of a school on the eve of conflict, many of the tensions that characterized the country [Lebanon] at the time.

-Stefano Coccia CINE CLENDESTINO

"La belle prouesse de 1982 est que ce film trace très bien une ligne de partage imaginaire entre deux mondes (celui des adultes et celui des enfants), une frontière qui sépare ceux qui connaissent la vérité de ceux qui ignore la gravité des faits, ligne établie par les adultes pour protéger les petits. D’un côté, on a le représentant du monde de l’enfance, Wissam, et de l'autre on a l’enseignante de Wissam, extraordinairement interprétée par l'actrice et cinéaste libanaise Nadine Labaki.

 

Malgré l'essence politique et pacifiste de 1982, ce film n’est pas un thriller sur le conflit militaire. Il s’agit d’une fiction émouvante dont le centre est un enfant qui décide de déclarer son flamme à une camarade de classe au pire moment possible. En effet, Wissam craignant que les vacances d'été ne le séparent de sa Joanna chérie (Gia Madi), il profite du fait d'être enfermés à l'école pour lui dévoiler son grand secret. 1982 est un hymne à l’innocence de l’enfance qui défend ses imprévisibles manifestations pendant ce qui a été un des épisodes les plus tragiques de l’Histoire du Liban."

-Carlota Mosguí CINEUROPA

"A Delicate Film Full Of Humanity"

A SHREWD NARRATIVE conducted very well by the director.

Can the imagination of a child stop the war? Of course not alone, but perhaps it is precisely from those pure feelings that the director of 1982 seems to tell us that we should start again to build any kind of peace.

-Walter Stranieri ASBURYMOVIES.IT