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A psychiatrist named Ghassan (Camille Salameh) has set up his practice in an anonymous tower block somewhere in the Lebanese capital. His list of clients is varied and on this particular day he has appointments with wide sample of Beirut fauna. It is New Year's Eve in Beirut.Somewhat later, Ghassan sits patiently waiting for a jittery, pill-popping Ziad (Ziad Antar) to discuss his relationship with his girlfriend Katia.The film had its world premiere at the Dubai film festival this past December and will have its Beirut release later this week.With its action enclosed within New Year's Eve – a day individuals go through the motions of making life-improving resolutions – "Stable Unstable" resembles any number of seasonal movies featuring A-list ensemble casts, the most obvious being Gary Marshall's 2011 flick "New Year's Eve".Formally speaking, though, Hojeij's successful execution of the film's narrative structure – erecting the "New Year's Eve" premise as a straw man that his characters can knock down – is the film's main strength.Hojeij's film is an ode to Beirut composed in Beiruti dialect. The film may have difficulty translating to anyone who's never lived in Beirut.Though many of the film's exchanges take place in Ghassan's office, his building's lift operates as a vital interstitial zone."Stable Unstable" will have its theatrical release in Beirut later this week.
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