Daily Baghdad | Chicago Reader

Daily Baghdad

Every American should be concerned with conditions in Iraq today, since we helped create them. Romain Goupil's slice-of-life documentary, shot in early 2004, offers a mixed picture: Saddam is disliked, people hope life will improve, but the power keeps going out. The focus is on a family that's barely surviving on the pittance the father, who spent 23 years in the army, manages to make delivering appliances. But Goupil doesn't bring any special insight to the scenes showing a wedding ceremony or a mother helping kids with arithmetic, and his video resembles raw data more than a finished work. Eventually the tedium of daily life becomes tedious for the viewer too. In Arabic and French with subtitles. 100 min.

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