From left to right: Omar (Fadi Rifaai), Yousef (Fahas Albutairi) and Rami (Shadi AlFons) with Palestinian actress Leem Lubany. (Photos courtesy of ADFF)
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Hollywood has devised the formula for wafer-thin road movies.This American formula is so pervasive that it's worthwhile recalling that a road movie need not be a lighthearted affair. Ali Mostafa's sophomore feature "From A to B" takes American road movie convention and displaces it to the Middle East.Omar, Rami and Youssef are three middle class 20-something men who live and work in Abu Dhabi. Life has drifted by for the three surviving friends, but as the fifth anniversary of Hani's death approaches, Omar feels particularly nostalgic. So Omar gets in touch with Rami and Yousef to suggest they finally have this road trip, which would see them arrive in Beirut in time for Hani's birthday. "From A to B" was the featured film on the opening night of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Thursday evening, where the hometown audience received it warmly.
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