Canada / South Africa, 2012 (fiction, 90 minutes, colour, Arabic / English)
Also known as
"Ajojahti", "Entführt in Damaskus", "No Escape"
"A successful businessman suddenly finds his life turned upside down when his journalist daughter goes missing during her trip to his hometown of Damascus. He knows that his daughter's disappearance is tied to the reason for his exile. His first trip home in more than 30 years turns into a frantic quest to rescue his daughter while reconnecting with the love of his life."
-- Telefilm Canada
"Successful Syrian-Canadian businessman Adib (Siddig) lives a comfortable life in Toronto with his loving wife and two college-aged daughters. On a typical afternoon at work, he receives a devastating piece of news: while vacationing in Greece, his eldest daughter secretly took a detour to Damascus -- and vanished. Frantic, Adib immediately makes plans to return to Syria after more than thirty years. As Adib places a series of covert phone calls and makes secret rendezvous with former contacts, it gradually becomes clear that he was once a major player in the Syrian resistance movement. Aided by the ex-fiancée he left behind (Marisa Tomei) and a dubious Canadian embassy official (Joshua Jackson), Adib wades through vague clues, government subterfuge, and a web of conspiracies that stand between him and his daughter. When the regime discovers his former identity and accuses his daughter of being a spy, Adib must once again take up arms and fight for what he holds most dear."
-- Toronto International Film Festival
|Film Credits (partial):
||Daniel Iron, Lance Samuels, Elliott Borkum, Darren Cameron, Kirk D'Amico, Fadia Nadda, Aeschylus Poulos, Mark Slone, Christine Vachon|
||Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Oded Fehr, Saad Siddiqui, Fadia Nadda, Bonnie Lee Bouman|
||Geo Höhn, Jim Petrak|
||Foundry Films, Out Of Africa Entertainment|
Notes about Inescapable
- Shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.
Quotes by the Director
"I grew up with an amazing father, but Arab men have a very bad rap in North America. So in this movie I wanted to show a different side to the Arab man, and I think I've succeeded. He's a real man. He's got his vulnerabilities, his rage, his despair -- and at the end of the day, the most important thing to him is his daughter. My father raised his three daughters to be feminists. The Arab men that I know in my life are macho, yes, but they'd also go to the ends of the earth for their daughters."
-- Ruba Nadda
"I started writing [Inescapable] about six years ago. I'm Canadian but I'm also Syrian and my parents took us back -- my sisters and I -- when I was about 12 and stayed there on and off for about four years. The country and the city (Damascus) left such an emotional impact on my brain that I could never walk away from it. The other germ of the idea [was] when I was travelling with my first feature [...] in the Middle East and I remember calling my father back home in Toronto, and he was very nervous because I was travelling by myself and he said, 'please be careful, don't make me come after you.' I've always been fascinated by, when immigrants come to Canada, what they leave behind, the past, the family, the secrets."
-- Ruba Nadda
Quotes by the Director [in French]
"À l'origine, il devait y avoir encore plus d'éléments romantiques [dans Inescapable]. Mais lorsque le Printemps arabe a explosé, j'ai pris soin de ne pas faire un Cairo Time 2, alors que tant de choses dégueulasses surviennent actuellement. Je ne voulais pas que les spectateurs quittent la salle en retenant seulement la belle histoire d'amour à Damas."
-- Ruba Nadda
"[Dans Inescapable], je voulais montrer les différentes facettes de ce que peut être un Arabe. Et qu'il est possible qu'un Arabe élève sa fille pour en faire une femme indépendante."
-- Ruba Nadda
Quotes about Inescapable
"[Ruba] Nadda does a decent job of capturing the sense of oppression and paranoia that exists in a police state, where leader Bashir al-Assad's oversized images fill every public space. She also effectively builds a rising sense of foreboding. Yet the film's climax comes up a little short in terms of emotional payoff."
-- Bruce DeMara
"The person who made Cairo Time is the same person who made this film [Inescapable]. You have the same shots and same speed of exposition and the gentle, elegant way of seeing someone's face or seeing how they register pain or hope -- that's Ruba [Nadda]. You don't get that in male action pictures. They're like next, boom, next, boom and you don't have time to register the punchline before the next joke. [...] [Inescapable is] kind of an anti-action picture in the sense that the hero is so not heroic except for his will to succeed, and his will to succeed is so strong and astonishing. And that's what you want from your dad."
-- Alexander Siddig
Bibliography for Inescapable
Newspaper or Magazine Articles
- Arrazola, Luis-Enrique. "All surprisingly calm on set: Ruba Nadda gives Inescapable cast plenty of breathing room." Interview with Ruba Nadda. National Post, March 16, 2012.
- Braun, Liz. "Flaws in new Nadda film inescapable, too." Review of Inescapable. Toronto Sun, September 14, 2012.
- Braun, Liz. "Pacey's great escape." Interview with Joshua Jackson. Toronto Sun, September 12, 2012.
- Clément, Éric. "La Syrie à coeur... et à sang." Interview with Ruba Nadda. La Presse, September 22, 2012. [in French]
- DeMara, Bruce. "Political chase falters at finish." Review of Inescapable. Toronto Star, September 14, 2012.
- DeMara, Bruce. "Q&A: Nadda's connection to Arab heritage inescapable." Interview with Ruba Nadda. Toronto Star, September 13, 2012.
- Dunlevy, T'cha. "Inescapable truths drive filmmaker: The politics and paranoia of Syria make a perfect backdrop for Ruba Nadda's movie, but she didn't intend to make a thriller." Interview with Ruba Nadda. Montreal Gazette, September 21, 2012.
- Gignac, Martin. "Échapper au passé." Interview with Ruba Nadda. Métro (Montréal), September 21, 2012. [in French]
- Groen, Rick. "Soft Syrian fiction pales before hard Syrian facts." Review of Inescapable. Globe and Mail, September 14, 2012.
- King, Randall. "We'll buy 'desperate father,' but 'action hero' ain't gonna fly." Review of Inescapable. Winnipeg Free Press, November 9, 2012.
- Lavoie, André. "Jamais sans sa fille." Review of Inescapable. Le Devoir, September 22, 2012. [in French]
- Leong, Melissa. "Review: Inescapable is missing in action." Review of Inescapable. National Post, October 5, 2012.
- Leong, Melissa. "Romance to renegade: Alexander Siddig: 'This love affair's been tortured, squeezed and bent out of shape'." Interview with Alexander Siddig. National Post, September 14, 2012.
- Leong, Melissa. "Sister act: Ruba and Fadia Nadda on making Inescapable." Interview with Rubba Nadda, Fadia Nadda. National Post, September 15, 2012.
- Monk, Katherine. "'I just feel lucky to be fulfilling my dream': Ruba Nadda talks about the difficult life of being a Canadian
filmmaker." Interview with Ruba Nadda. Ottawa Citizen, September 29, 2012.
- Patch, Nick. "'Inescapable' : la situation des femmes syriennes vue par Ruba Nadda." La Presse, September 13, 2012. [in French]
- Patch, Nick. "Ruba Nadda's Inescapable shines a timely spotlight on Syria." Interview with Ruba Nadda. Globe and Mail, September 6, 2012.
- Renaud, Philippe. "Le méchant régime." Review of Inescapable. La Presse, September 22, 2012. [in French]
- Schneller, Johanna. "Anatomy of a DIY blockbuster: The stars of Inescapable worked hard to make a big-plot thriller on a tiny
budget and exhausting schedule." Globe and Mail, September 15, 2012.
- Simon, Alissa. "Inescapable: After middlebrow romance Cairo Time, Canadian helmer-writer Ruba Nadda returns to a Middle Eastern setting to try her hand at political thriller Inescapable; The results do not impress." Review of Inescapable. Variety, September 11, 2012.
- White, Madeleine. "Love story or political thriller? Inescapable is both, Ruba Nadda says." Globe and Mail, September 11, 2012.
- York, Geoffrey. "The secret to South Africa's film boom? 'There's no law here, and that's what we love'." Globe and Mail, March 28, 2012.
- York, Geoffrey. "The story of palpable, suffocating fear." Globe and Mail, March 28, 2012.
Web Sites about Inescapable