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Sophie Boutros

Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt | 2016 | Genre: Comedy, Drama | first feature film | running time: 92’

"The growing trend for Lebanese comedies has played out well to international audiences – and ably balancing warm-hearted laughs with timely social insight, Solitaire deserves to follow recent regional successes onto the festival circuit."
Rob Garratt - The National

festivals & awards

Arabian Nights, Dubai International Film Festival 2016


Therese, the mayor’s wife in a remote Lebanese village, joyfully prepares for an overnight visit of her daughter's suitor and his parents. She shares the happy news of the engagement with her brother who is bizarrely present in every corner of her house, only in pictures, and strangely enough, always talks back to her.

The special guests are at her doorstep when she learns they are Syrian; a detail that wouldn’t have been a problem if a Syrian bomb did not kill her beloved brother during the war.

Feeling betrayed by her daughter and husband who deliberately hid the truth from her, Therese decides; this proposal will only happen over her dead body. She discreetly plans crazy schemes to kick the unwanted guests out, and on the way she finds herself facing another trap: her own marriage.


original title



Comedy, Drama


Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt

running time


produced by

Screen Project – Jordan
Jam Productions – Lebanon

in co-production with

Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) – Egypt

directed by

Sophie Boutros

written by

Sophie Boutros, Nadia Eliewat

Therese, whose brother was killed 20 years ago by a Syrian bomb, is joyfully preparing for a visit of her daughter's suitor and his parents. The long-awaited guests arrive; they are Syrian!
TFL Programmes

Interchange 2013

Sophie Boutros

Film Director

Nadia Eliewat

Story Editor, Scriptwriter, Production