Review of El Houb a Film

May 10, 2023 0 Comments

After Karim decides to stay true to himself and show his parents who he really is, the only way to deal with the situation is to lock himself behind a door. Through a small hole, he lives and experiences the traumatic moments that have made him who he is. He communicates or tries to. He screams for help while being ignored over and over again. And if someone listens to it, it doesn’t work properly. He is a strange man who is forced to be in a closet while trying to make it clear to his family that the culture needs to change. For love, for respect, for tolerance. But it has to change.

Karim’s story is the story of millions of people. They are considered pariahs of a society that cannot cope with anything beyond the rules created by it. But at The Houb, the devoted atmosphere is much stronger than we thought. Surely, out of optimism, we think that Karim’s family will understand that he is the same boy they love. But understanding comes too after, when the scars are impossible to heal and the emotional wound is something to live with.

Shariff Nasr’s film is beautiful. There is no other way to express it. This is a journey through a culture of intolerance and religious foundations that does not dare to move forward and adapt to a social standard that is not dirty or disrespectful. Karim’s mind is broken several times, as his models cannot understand the idea that she simply likes men and will not marry who was assigned to her. It’s hard to see beauty, but being true to yourself seems to be the essence of our emotional freedom. Yes, he is behind a closet, but he cannot free himself from his reality to serve his parents’ expectations.

The Houb is a strong and authentic statement that feels like a product of love, made with so much passion and heart that it’s hard to dismiss because it’s not everyone’s story. But let’s take the strangeness out of the equation. When was the last time you sacrificed something you felt for something that followed someone else’s agenda or culture? I’m sure this is more universal. Nasr’s film is a great example of this feeling, where it takes you and where it can flow. Sometimes happiness is in you, but the world doesn’t understand it. It’s not your fault. It’s yours. You are simply the best version of yourself: the one who is happy, loves who you love and respects who deserves to be respected.

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