Blessed Benefit by Mahmoud Al Massad

Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Year:
2016
Language:
Arabic
Format:
83 minutes
Starring:
Ahmad Thaher
Maher Khammash
Odai Hijazi
Mahmoud Al Massad
Directed by:
Mahmoud Al Massad
Produced by:
Twenty Twenty Vision, Jo Image, Habbekrats, Isee Film
Ahmad gets tangled up in an unfortunate business deal that lands him in prison. But life in prison might not be that bad.

Ahmad, a construction worker, is arrested for using a client's down payment to help his cousin in a deal involving 10 brand-new laptops and the hopes to make a small profit from it.

Due to customs procedures, the imported laptops are not released in time. Unable to do the job or pay the money back, Ahmad is sentenced to three months in prison for fraud.

Far from all the obligations of the outside world, where food and drink are not a worry, where new friendships are struck, and where no cell phones are ringing, Ahmad gradually feels something that he's never felt before – liberty. Halfway through his sentence his biggest worry becomes losing this liberty after his release and, above all, having to deal with a bigger debt…

 

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An accomplished and likable comedy
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Al Massad keeps the narrative trajectory off-kilter, allowing Blessed Benefit to be diagnostic while avoiding prescriptivism. Frequently hilarious!
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