Even with Dubai’s towering Burj Khalifa dominating the skyline outside their windows, life in a retirement home isn’t very exciting for the “Four Musketeers”: ex-soldier Fares, upbeat astrologer Hasan, retired pharmacist Abdullah, and wheelchair-bound Hamad. This quartet of variously afflicted grumpy old men spend their days grumbling about uncaring children, swapping medications, acting as matchmakers for the local staff, and watching movies they’ve seen before (because they can’t remember the endings). What they don’t do is adhere to Hasan’s carpe diem philosophy urging them to squeeze the best out of their dwindling time on earth. Until, that is, Fares receives a 50 million dirham (nearly $14 million) windfall, courtesy of a deceased nephew.
Director Yasir Al Yasiri’s gentle comedy is dotted with tender moments tackling aging and its accompanying indignities, but it moves along with a sprightly energy and an optimistic tone that can’t help but make you smile.
In competition for the New Voices New Visions Award.
|Country:||United Arab Emirates|
|Running Time:||93 minutes|
|Premiere Status:||World Premiere|
|Director:||Yasir Al Yasiri|
|Producers:||Rami Yasin, Caleb Wilson, Yasir Al Yasiri, Monsoor Alfeeli, Majid Al Ansari|
|Principal Cast:||Salloum Haddad, Saad Alfaraj, Fouad Ali, Mansour Alfeeli, Marie Alhalyan|
|Cinematographers:||Adrian Silisteanu, R.S.C.|
|Screenwriter:||Yasir Al Yasiri|