Fifth about The Seventh

It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven: there is some method (and underlying message) to the madness, but Elia Suleiman’s comedy is mostly a series of barely connected episodes. They are mostly passively (but not indifferently) observed by Suleiman himself (as a character), and his reactions to what happens are half the dry, absurd sense of humour. As it’s often the case, not all skits work equally; in fact, the last third seems to mostly lose some steam, even if they do retain their absurd nature. Suleiman is mostly deadpanning, but his reaction shots are priceless; the rest of the cast is mostly acting as if what happens is the most natural thing possible. The camerawork of cinematographer Sofian El Fani is observant, neutral, but the framing achieves maximum comical effect.

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