THE PERFECT PICTUREDOCUMENTARY
THE PERFECT PICTURE
- Winner of 8 awards -
Participated in 30 international film festivals around the world.
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MEET THE CREW
Director: Hala El Kouch
Starring: Walid El Kouch, Naziha El Kouch and Hala El Kouch
Producer: Nanor Baghdassarian and Hala El Kouch
Executive Producer: Nanor Baghdassarian
Cinematographer: Michel Labaky
Assistant Director: Gloria Tauk
Production Designer: Hala El Kouch
Art Directors: Walid El Kouch and Naziha El Kouch
Editor and Colorist: Hala El Kouch
Sound Engineer and Sound Designer: Nanor Baghdassarian
Music Composer: Emir Diab
Can a single traumatic event be the fatal blow that disrupts the notion of an ideal family? Lebanese filmmaker Hala El Kouch creates a therapy session setting to confront her parents about a traumatic event, and interrogates them over the course of five days. But the moment that “changed everything” for her seems to have made far less impact on her parents. The conversation takes an unexpected turn.
A stream of images, family videos, and photographs from the family album paint a picture of perfect domestic bliss. And during the reenactment, too, Hala’s parents behave in a loving and amiable way towards each other and their daughter. In an otherwise empty room that sometimes contains a sofa and sometimes chairs, the three of them amuse themselves by making faces at one another, combing each other’s hair, and sharing kisses.
Hala nonetheless maintains that this perfect picture has been tainted, and that she no longer trusts her parents. Every so often she bursts into tears. What is it precisely that makes that picture perfect? And has the happy family been irrevocably damaged by the incident, or is it Hala who caused the stir?
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