With The Band's Visit, Israeli director Eran Kolirin has made a rapturously low-key comedy about an Egyptian ceremonial police band that flies to Israel to help open an Arab cultural center but arrives at the wrong town.
This movie has a tone, look and mood all its own - it's a joyously bittersweet piece of visual music about isolation, melancholy and everyone's yearning for transcendence, through love, art or both.
Kolirin has the formal command of a Buster Keaton or a Jacques Tati: He derives humor from geometry.
The Band's Visit (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz. Directed by Eran Kolirin. Rated PG-13 for language. Time 87 minutes.