In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy, Theeb (Jacir Eid), embarks, uninvited but eager for adventure, on a perilous desert journey with his elder brother Hussein to guide a British officer Edward (Jack Fox) and his guide Marji to their secret destination. Immersed in a way of life that has endured for centuries, the brothers are unaware of the tremendous upheavals taking place at the fringes of their world: the First World War is raging, the Ottoman Empire is coming undone, the Great Arab Revolt is brewing, and the British officer T.E. Lawrence is plotting with Prince Faisal to establish an Arab kingdom. The ensuing journey, filled with danger and hardship, will result in Theeb's rapid growing-up. Shot entirely on location against the ravishing landscape of Wadi Rum in Jordan, (where David Lean shot Lawrence of Arabia) and cast with non-professionals from one of the last of Jordan's nomadic Bedouin tribes, 'Theeb' is a remarkable accomplishment, a genre-crossing blend of a coming-of-age drama and a western.
Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox
One star for the music. Another for the scenery.
- Theeb review by none
One star for the music, another for the scenery. There's absolutely nothing more to it. This film left us both confused, disappointed, and wishing we'd spent our evening more productively. The connection with the wider historical context re. T E Lawrence doesn't really come across in a meaningful way. Considering the intended weight of the (WW1) subject matter, it's actually rather shallow. Would not recommend.