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Bassem, a sociable and lively young man, lives with his mother and grandfather. Every day after work, Bassem and his friends have some drinks at an outdoor pub. Bassem has developed some ticks which become more and more apparent with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, in an attempt to mentally ensure his family is safe and healthy. Lockdown traps Bassem at home and boredom mixed with his obsessive thoughts take over. Bassem has a vivid nightmare in which he transmits coronavirus to his grandfather, thus shedding light on what he dreads most. As a result, Bassem’s ticks turn into severe compulsions and rituals which he struggles to complete in hopes of protecting his family, who do not understand what he is doing and instead worry about social and cultural expectations. Bassem’s mind is like a ticking time bomb, but when an actual bomb blasts in Beirut nearby, he has reached his limit and gets close to committing suicide with a gun he had stashed. He does not pull the trigger however and seeks the professional help of a psychotherapist. It was by holding the gun to his head that he realized he did not want his life to end rather his current experience in life which he could not control alone any longer.

Directed by Aleni Ghusayni (Lebanon)

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