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Lemon Tree (2008)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 2,923 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 27 March 2008 (Israel)
  • Runtime: Germany:106 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | Argentina:106 min | USA:106 min
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  • IMDb page: Lemon Tree (2008)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 2,923 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 27 March 2008 (Israel)
  • Runtime: Germany:106 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | Argentina:106 min | USA:106 min
  • Filming Location: Djelazoun, West Bank, Israel
  • Gross: $566,052(USA)(9 August 2009)
  • Director: Eran Riklis
  • Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael and Ali Suliman
  • Original Music By: Habib Shadah (original music by) (as Habib Shehadeh Hanna) 
  • Soundtrack: Lemon Tree Very Pretty, And The Lemon Flower Is Sweet
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Tree | Grove | Lemon | Palestinian | Widow

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Suha Arraf  screenplay
  • Eran Riklis  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Plot: The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. Full summary »  »

    Story: Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank's occupied territory. The Israeli defense minister and his wife move next door; the Secret Service orders the trees removed for security. The stoic Salma seeks assistance from the Palestinian Authority (useless), Israeli army (dismissive), and a young attorney, Ziad Daud, who takes the case; this older client attracts him. While the courts deliberate, the Israelis fence her trees and prohibit her from entering the grove. As the trees wither, the defense minister's wife and, separately, an Israeli journalist, look on Salma with sympathy. In this allegory, does David stand a chance against Goliath?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: Salma, a Palestinian widow – living there for decades – has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defence Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma’s trees pose a threat to the Ministers safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, a young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees.Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defence Minister’s wife, trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences, and the borders between them, the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salmas legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive.As usual, the Palestinian cause is dismissed, the movie ends with the Israeli wife moving out (obviously separating from her husband), a tall concrete wall has been built between the two properties and a final camera shot shows us half the trees have been cut right down.

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Bettina Brokemper known as co-producer
    • Rémi Burah known as co-producer
    • Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre known as co-producer
    • Michael Eckelt known as co-producer
    • Leon Edery known as executive producer
    • Moshe Edery known as executive producer
    • Johannes Rexin known as line producer
    • Eran Riklis known as producer
    • Ira Riklis known as co-producer
    • David Silber known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Hiam Abbass known as Salma Zidane
    • Rona Lipaz-Michael known as Mira Navon
    • Ali Suliman known as Ziad Daud
    • Doron Tavory known as Defense Minister Israel Navon
    • Tarik Kopty known as Abu Hussam (as Tarik Copti)
    • Amos Lavi known as Commander Jacob (as Amos Lavie)
    • Amnon Wolf known as Leibowitz
    • Liron Baranes known as Gilad
    • Smadar Jaaron known as Tamar Gera (as Smadar Yaaron)
    • Danny Leshman known as Private Itamar 'Quickie'
    • Ayelet Robinson known as Shelly
    • Amos Tamam known as Simon Hasson
    • Loai Nofi known as Nasser Zidane (as Loai Noufi)
    • Hili Yalon known as Sigi Navon
    • Makram Khoury known as Abu Kamal (as Makram J. Khoury)
    • Michael Warshaviak known as Braverman – the attorney
    • Jamil Khoury known as Mussa – Salma's Son-in-Law
    • Yair Lapid known as Himself – the TV presenter
    • Einat Saruf known as Herself – Singing at the party
    • Lana Zreik known as Laila – Salma's daughter

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Heimatfilm (presents)
    • MACT Productions (presents)
    • Eran Riklis Productions (presents)
    • Riva Filmproduktion (presents)
    • arte France Cinéma (in co-production with)
    • ZDF/Arte (in co-production with)
    • Metro Communications (in co-production with)
    • United King Films (in co-production with)
    • Citrus Film Investors (in co-production with)
    • Canal+ (with the participation of)
    • Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen (with the support of)
    • Israeli Film Fund (with the support of)
    • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (with the support of)
    • Lemon Tree
    • Ministry of Education and Sport (with the support of)

    Other Companies:

    • Gal-Kol Studios  music recorded at

    Distributors:

    • Bir Film (2009) (Turkey) (all media) (limited)
    • Agora (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
    • Arsenal Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
    • Camera Film (2008) (Denmark) (theatrical)
    • Cine Video y TV (200?) (Mexico) (theatrical)
    • Cinéart (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
    • Fidalgo Films (2008) (Norway) (theatrical)
    • Filmtrade (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
    • Folkets Bio (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
    • Golem Distribución (200?) (Spain) (theatrical)
    • Halcyon Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
    • IFC Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
    • Imovision (200?) (Brazil) (theatrical)
    • Océan Films (2008) (France) (theatrical)
    • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
    • Sundance (2011) (USA) (TV)
    • Twin Pics (200?) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • good movies! (2009) (Germany) (DVD)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • CinePostproduction

    Visual Effects by:

    • Markus Bäuerle known as digital post supervisor

    Release Date:

    • Germany 8 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
    • Israel 27 March 2008
    • France 23 April 2008
    • Switzerland 30 April 2008 (French speaking region)
    • Belgium 21 May 2008
    • Russia 20 June 2008 (Moscow Film Festival)
    • Taiwan 20 June 2008 (Taipei Film Festival)
    • Greece 26 June 2008
    • Sweden 27 June 2008
    • South Korea 10 July 2008
    • Netherlands 31 July 2008
    • Brazil 5 August 2008 (Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival)
    • Brazil 8 August 2008
    • Canada 22 August 2008 (Montréal World Film Festival)
    • Norway 5 September 2008
    • Finland 20 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
    • Spain 3 October 2008
    • USA 18 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
    • Italy 27 November 2008 (Turin Film Festival)
    • Ireland 12 December 2008
    • Italy 12 December 2008
    • UK 12 December 2008
    • Brazil 12 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 17 February 2009 (Portland International Film Festival)
    • Turkey 27 February 2009
    • Argentina 14 March 2009 (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
    • Denmark 17 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • USA 17 April 2009 (limited)
    • Canada 1 May 2009 (limited)
    • Denmark 1 May 2009
    • Hungary 21 May 2009
    • Germany 22 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • New Zealand 4 June 2009
    • Mexico 12 June 2009 (Foro Internacional de la Cineteca)
    • Colombia 10 July 2009
    • Croatia 27 July 2009 (Motovun Film Festival)
    • Canada 8 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 29 October 2009
    • USA 3 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Mexico 25 December 2009
    • Finland 28 August 2010 (TV premiere)

    ..

     
     

    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , .

    10 Comments

    1. Chris_Docker from Scotland, United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      At its heart, Lemon Tree has the simplistic Blue Peter logic of many aMiddle-East Conflict Film. There might be bureaucracies, politics,religion and culture in the way, but if ordinary people could just talkto each . . .

      The 'ordinary people' are also usually those disenfranchised in across-cultural way. In Bridge Over the Wadi, they were children. InLemon Tree, it is women who pick up the, 'if only we could livetogether' banner.

      Salma is a Palestinian widow. She has lived on the green line borderbetween Israel and the West Bank for decades. She tends a lemon grove.Handed down to her through generations. She barely scrapes an existencefrom it, but it is her whole world.

      On the opposite side, the Israeli Defense Minister moves into a big newhouse facing her lemon grove. The Israeli security forces declare theproximity of Salma's trees a security threat. They issue orders touproot them. Salma engages Ziad Daud, a Palestinian lawyer. They go tothe Israeli Supreme Court to try to save the trees.

      Meanwhile, Mira Navon, the Defense Minister's wife, is trapped in herluxurious new home but pretty miserable. She feels increasinglysympathetic to Salma's plight. Hubby makes public expressions ofconcern, but says he cannot go against the recommendations of securityforces.

      As an interim measure, Salma is prevented from entering the grove. Thetrees start to shrivel. This disparity is highlighted when the Navonsthrow a lavish party, with 'authentic Egyptian food.' But realise thatthat the caterer hasn't brought lemons. It seems a minor matter to pickup a few lemons from the adjoining grove . . .

      With films like this, it is always tempting to look for bias. Althoughit was part-funded by the Israeli Film Council that doesn't make itpro-Israeli in this case. It's based on a true stories but (as always)there will be claims that it is too 'pro-Palestinian' or 'pro-Israeli'in the telling. Director Eran Riklis was born in Jerusalem, raised inUSA, Canada and Brasil, graduated from film school in England, and nowlives in Tel Aviv. He claims his film is, "about solitude as it isreflected in the lives of two women."

      One of the film's main contributions is to explain the impossibledeadlock and how both sides are pretty powerless, given theirinstitutions, to change much. The Israeli Supreme Court verdict, whenit comes, is gut-wrenching. But Palestinian officialdom seems moreworried about propriety than the widow's attempts to protect herproperty. It is all superficially civilised. Lemon Tree initiallydisappoints me for not being more hard-hitting on political themes. Butgiven how the politics of both sides can be excruciatingly tedious,Riklis has made a wise choice in turning real life political drama intoa simple human interest story. In that, it Lemon Tree achievessomething of a microcosm for the disputes. But does the film makecreative and constructive inroads, or is it simply a pleasant andaesthetic way of not coming to terms?

      Most of the comments I hear about how remarkably even-handed it is havecome from liberal Israeli commentators. And there is much truth intheir view. But a gulf still exists. There are no end of projects (andmovies) focussing on peace initiatives between the two sides.Palestinians are often unhappy that such projects ignore theinequalities between them and Israeli Jews. Or act as aconscience-salve for the Israelis. "Existence first, co-existencelater", has became a common Palestinian slogan. Lemons are a major cropin the area. They need a lot of water. Just like Salma, banished fromher own grove, the Palestinians do not control their own water supply.Just like Salma, in times of crisis, they may lack the means ofsurvival. Palestinians seeing Lemon Tree may agree about itseven-handedness. Yet, like Salma, leave a little less sanguine aboutthe value of emotional empathy between the two women. Or so sympatheticto the understanding Mira. Yet in the festering political deadlock,films of such beauty are still better than nothing.

    2. Dan
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      This is a powerful fictional drama which I hope will move many viewers.The narrative is about people living in both sides of the everincreasingly fortified frontier between Israel and the occupiedPalestinian territory. Principally a story about a Palestinian woman,Salma, fighting to save her lemon orchard from the paranoid reality ofIsraeli security politics.

      This is above all a human drama, about the strength of conviction, andwill. The two main characters are women who are imprisoned within thechauvinist world of Jewish Israeli society and Muslim Palestinian -both fight to find their voice, their space and their lives. It's aboutthe barriers that both have to face, about the physical walls being putup between people and the mental & cultural walls… Almost all thecharacters of the film are imprisoned by the circumstances of theirlife and history in one way or another.

      The movie certainly touched me; it principally communicated to me afeeling that the two women yearn to talk to each other, as well as totheir lovers, their families, friends and societies at large. Yet theyconfront painful difficulties – leaving many things unsaid, whichfrustrate potential resolutions. To me, it can be seen as a largermetaphor in a cultural/political context.

      The script is brilliant in my view, in the way it humanizes the contextwithout appearing embarrassingly heavily politicized. The director,Eran Riklis, did a very good job; in his dreamy and clever use of ideasand symbols – almost a national emblem of Jewish Israel connection tothe land – is here a Palestinian one, powerfully rooted just as much.About two back yards, a small old Palestinian house with an apparentlyfrail lady – yet powerfully connected to the land. And a model home ofan ambitious and ruthless Israeli defense minister that increasinglybuilds walls in his mind, with his family, and unfortunately betweentwo people – Palestinian and Israeli Jewish. The powerful acting reallymade me identify with the characters.

      Although the film is melancholic, it is replete with wonderful humor,and optimism – essentially how decisions, which can be hugelynationalistic and political, impact ordinary people. Yet even the"little people" can, and do, despite all odds, fight back and affectbig decisions.

      I give it 9 out of 10, simply because I think Riklis, could have beenless linear in unraveling the plot – still this is a masterpiece!

    3. stensson from Stockholm, Sweden
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      This is about the 45-year-old Palestinian widow. She supports herselfby these lemon trees. Then, the Israeli minister of defense becomes herneighbor, including security problems. The greatest of these problemsare the widow's trees.

      But there's also a quite silent love story here, between the woman andher much younger Palestinian lawyer. It's not very physical, but thepassion is evident in their eyes.

      Movies like this makes more for your interest in this very tragicconflict, than any action performance. To be recommended, if you wantto know more about people. And politics.

    4. rotildao from UK
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      With and outstanding theme that follows the rivalry between ancientcultures, like in The Band's Visit, only this time with lesserromanticism, Lemon Tree is filled with charm and firm posture by bothfemale leading characters and brings politics and female castrationinto a great clash of emotions with tied-up fists.

      The struggle is against urban development that even in the leastexpected areas of the world tends to eliminate memories of theindividual and their experiences. The swifting of values comespompously, arrogantly, and city like, taking away the taste of freshlemons in place of comfortable homes and their obvious (as consequence)invasions of power and money, status and politics.

      The abrupt invasions are made here by Israel's National Security manand his beautiful and lonely wife. With subtlety the film depicts theups and downs of a politician's wife contrasting her castrations withthe lemon trees owner. Subploting this idea comes the lemon tree'slawyer who seems to be the only benefited in the end with all his selfcultural sexual-harassments added by the exposures of the facts by themedia, granting him an elevated change of status.

      Don't get fooled by the sweet and lovable soundtrack in the initialscenes, and although this film is lighter than most female dramas stillrespects reality instead of appealing towards tear-jerking melodramaticconfrontations, and that is what makes this a true cinematicexperience.

      A very important film and one the best of 2008 so far.

      Vote 9/10.

    5. Harry Carasso (harrycarasso@noos.fr) from France
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      This movie is available here since April 23rd, people are queuing tosee it and nevertheless, nobody shows up with a comment. LA VISITE DELA FANFARE, also an Israeli film deserving to be called "a shake-handstentative with a neighbor country" was nice, but the characters did notlook Egyptian to me (and I've seen quite a lot of Egyptians in mylife).LEMON TREE is perhaps a true story, although I don't believe it.It is however one of the most valuable attempts to show the unsolvableproblem existing between two nations who have been fighting for morethan 60 years to find a solution of cohabitation. The situation: anIsraeli prominent figure (Minister of Defense, not less) has builthimself a house next to a field of lemon trees owned by a Palestinianwidow. The Army (I hate the word Tsahal, doesn't sound congenial to me)has no other solution than to erase the whole field, otherwise aKamikaze fighter may find a base for throwing dangerous warfare. Thecase is brought to the Supreme Court of Israel, which comes to asolution supposed to satisfy everybody and constitute a large steptowards a better understanding. Go and see this movie, and tell me ifthe "verdict"

      is not another rendition of the famous King Solomon judgement. Youwon't regret it, because the movie is excellent. I'll tell you no more.Harry Carasso, Paris, France

    6. kosmasp
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      Yes I know a lemon isn't grey, but yellow (or green, if it ain't ripeyet), but I'm talking about the grey area this movie does try to shinea light upon, with more than a light human touch coming with it. Youget both sides of a dilemma, that concerns the aforementioned (seeEnglish title) lemon tree(s).

      The director and the stars where at the screening I watched. There weremany questions, one concerned the message of the movie. Interestinglyenough the director himself is a Jew. But he still sees the crazinessof the Gaza/border to other countries. And he also had an "All-Star"cast, that shows that there must not be any hate between the races. Andthe movie itself raises a few questions, about a few hot topics. It's amovie worth watching, not only for those that are afflicted by thethemes of the movie, but also for everyone else!

    7. Red-125 from Upstate New York
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      Etz Limon (2008) directed by Eran Riklis, was shown in the UnitedStates with the title "Lemon Tree." (Don't confuse the film with apopular novel that has the same title.) The plot of the story is simpleenough. The Israeli defense minister moves into a home located rightnext to a lemon grove owned by a Palestinian woman. Israeli securityagents decide that the grove presents a hazard to the minister and hiswife, and declare that the lemon trees must be destroyed. ThePalestinian woman fights the destruction of her livelihood and herlegacy.

      Although the basic plot of "Lemon Tree" is simple, the movie iscomplex. There are fascinating interactions between the woman–SalmaZidane, played by the incomparable Hiam Abbass–and her lawyer and herchildren. The defense minister has a edgy relationship with his wife.(His wife is basically a fair and caring woman, and isn't supportive ofthe grove's destruction, but she also likes being married to apowerful, charismatic public figure.) The defense minister is obviouslyvery close to a beautiful young aide, and the movie suggests thatthey're having an affair.

      Although the film is clearly sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, allof the Palestinians aren't portrayed as perfect individuals. One localPalestinian leader doesn't suggest any course of action for Salma, butwarns her not to accept compensation from the Israelis. Refusal toaccept compensation probably makes sense as a political strategy.However, without compensation, what options are open to a widow whosesole livelihood is taken from her?

      To me, the saddest part of the movie was the failure of Salma and theminister's wife Mira (Rona Lipaz-Michael) to ever meet face to face. Onseveral occasions in the film they almost meet, but the meeting neveractually takes place. Symbolically, that failure to communicate on apersonal level represents the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma. They arefiguratively and literally unable to speak to each other, and thereforethey can never move beyond stereotypes and hostility.

      We saw this film at the excellent Rochester Jewish Film Festival.However, it would work well on the small screen. It's an extraordinaryfilm, and definitely worth seeking out.

    8. peter henderson (peter@peterhenderson.com.au) from Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      Lemon Tree is something of an enigma

      Beautiful to behold. The actresses bring to mind those stylish andglamorous creatures that used to inhabit the French New Wave films suchas those of Claude Chabrol. The men are civilised, sophisticated,capable of turning heads and touching minds. Appealing characters withflaws as well as virtues

      The ideas being explored are universal – justice and mercy for widows,the rights of citizens to be able to pursue their lives in peace andsecurity.

      Both sides of the argument are given an articulate and arrestingairing.

      It is impossible not to sympathise with Hiam Abbass' portrayal ofSalma, the poor but self reliant widow who merely wishes to continueworking the small family orchard her father left to her.

      And yet the rather soulless security officials are proved to be correctin their assessment of the site as a security risk. Bullets are firedfrom the orchard at high ranking government officials and ministers whoattend as guests at the house warming party.

      The culmination of the film, in which the erection of the security wallbetween the orchard and the Defence Minister's house alleviates theproblem seems to be an admission of defeat. All the ingenuity, urbanecivility and intelligence of Israeli culture has been found wanting.

      I assume Rona Lipaz-Michael, who has portrayed with admirableunderstatement not only an awareness of the widow's plight but also theemptiness of her once vibrant but now seemingly loveless marriage toIsrael Navon, the Defence Minister, is walking out on him in the lastfew scenes of the film. It brings to mind the culmination of LeeTamahori's film, "Mulholland Falls" in which Melanie Griffithpronounces her judgment on not just the actions but also the moralvalues of her well meaning but flawed police detective husband.

      That got me thinking about something I read in an AutomobileAssociation World Travel Guide to Israel back in 1998. Perhaps not sucha prestigious reference for matters of importance, but it stated thatthe Jewish National Fund owns 92% of Israel and (more surprisingly)that almost all of Israel had been purchased from the original ownersbefore the setting up of the state of Israel in 1948.

      Obviously the 1967 War changed the borders, but I wonder why rich andnot so rich Jews around the world could not launch another fund to seekto buy, lease or set up exploratory avenues that would allow people ofgood will to investigate a means of sharing the land in a moreequitable manner than seems to be the case depicted in this film.

      The persistent image of that security wall throughout the film bringsto mind a passage in Isaiah 54:2-3 … "Enlarge the place of your tent,stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords,strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to theleft; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in theirdesolate cities.

      But that comes from post apocalyptic passages of Isaiah. It concernsthat obsession of the biblical prophets, "post-Day of the Lord", Israeland this film deals with Israel here and now. Readers of Israel'sprophetic tradition would probably have to concede that Malachi'sapocalyptic prophecies seem to mark the transitional phase.

      The direction and scripting are exemplary, the performances engrossingand compelling. And yet the sum total of all the considerable talentsinvested in this film seems to amount to something less than asatisfying experience.

      Director and joint writer Eran Riklis has deftly sidestepped the resortto the heavy handed caricature of films such as Ra'anan Alexandrowicz'"James' Journey to Jerusalem" (Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh) andthe dour bleakness of Ronit and Shlomi Elkaberz' reworking of theprophetic writing of Hosea in their film, "Ve'Lakhta Lehe Isha" (ToTake a Wife)

      Maybe it is like the Lemon Tree of the title. Pretty, sweetly scentedflowers but bearing fruit too sour to eat.

      Maybe that is the problem. The implications of what is being portrayedup on the screen are too bitter to contemplate for long. They are bestleft behind in the cinema. And the packaging of the product is so wellcontrived that the viewer can do that by uttering a few sanctimonioussentiments about the difficulty of the situation facing Israelis andPalestinians and leaving it all up there on the screen.

    9. Samuel Cohen from Israel
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      Very Realistic or close to Reality with Emphasis on People involved.Salma played by Hiam Abbass, a widow who lives on her dead FathersLemon Grove. An Israeli Defence Minister comes to live opposite Grove.Based on real story with Minister Shaul Mofaz. This causes a securityproblem. Showing "Fence" which is mostly a Wall. The Ministers Wifeidentifies with Salma. This is very much like Israel 2008. Similar to"Syrian Bride" Riklis set's up the Realistic Story and how it effectson People caught in to the situation. Hiam is Marvelous and otheractors in the cast too. 9 out of 10 Sam's Rating. An enjoyableDocuDrama.

    10. Mike B from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 8:55 pm

      Heart-rending. A nuanced film about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

      I don't pretend to know a lot about this conflict, but I felt this filmhad much to say. The characters and the inner conflicts they feel arevery well brought out.

      There is a lot of strength and feeling in this movie. Neither side ispresented as being perfect and having all the 'right' solutions.

      The film is slow moving and very thoughtful and I appreciate that whenI compare it to the histrionics in most films today. There is also acomplexity in the characters and story. The scenes shown of Israel andthe Palestinian camps, the check-points, the wall.. are mostinformative.

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