Pervasively powerful ‘Last Visit’ explores father-son ties in a changing world

Helmed by director Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan, the film explores the relationship between a father and his son. (Supplied)
Updated 03 July 2019

Pervasively powerful ‘Last Visit’ explores father-son ties in a changing world

CHENNAI: Movie-critic-turned-filmmaker Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan’s first feature, “Last Visit,” is an endearingly honest take on a disturbed father-son relationship.

The movie, which premiered at the ongoing Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, has echoes of the Palestinian work “Wajib – The Wedding Invitation,” which also involves a road-trip bonding of a father and son, although Aldhabaan stops short of offering a resolution.

Instead, he concentrates on the uneasy ties between Nasser (Osama Alqess), a late-40s presumable widower, and his 16-year-old son, Waleed (Abdullah Alfahad).

Hoping to mend their relationship, Nasser takes Waleed to a wedding, but on the way receives a call about his father’s critical health condition. Nasser turns his car around to be by his father’s bedside in a quiet village.

Shot at the remote Naájan, 107 km from Riyadh, the movie captures the turmoil and turbulence as Waleed, immersed in his world of music with earphones plugged on, is forced to confront an unfamiliar side of life he is quite disdainful about.

The plot is threadbare with just one dramatic curve involving a missing boy, but Aldhabaan, who co-wrote “Last Visit” with Fahad Alestaa, infuses his narrative with a kind of silence that is deafening and an economy of dialogue that is pervasively powerful.




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European in style, almost Bergmanesque, he uses the father-son estrangement to study the divisiveness between the older and younger generation. Waleed, tech-savvy and rebellious, wants to move away from old customs and experiment with something radically different.

Happily, “Last Visit” stops short of taking sides, allowing viewers the freedom to make their own conclusions.

Gripping in many ways, there is a noticeable on-screen lack of women, the inclusion of which would have made the piece feel more authentic.


Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

Updated 03 August 2020

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed in an interview with Africa News this week that she would “love to” star in Arabic films.

“I just don’t speak the language,” said Chopra Jonas. “I think that I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere. I love my job and I would learn a new language if I have to.”

The 38-year-old producer, who has a couple of Hollywood flicks under her belt, said she is working on an unscripted series with her husband, the American singer and songwriter Nick Jonas.

“I am developing a show with my husband which is for Amazon. It is based on the Indian tradition of sangeet (a music-filled pre-marriage ceremony),” she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She is also working on a new series for Amazon, produced by the Russo brothers, and a “buddy comedy” with actress Mindy Kaling.

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the former Miss World has been using her social media platforms over the past few months to raise awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chopra Jonas, who started her career 20 years ago, has hosted an Instagram session with doctors and experts from the World Health Organization who answered frequently asked questions about the virus.