Lemon Tree

The Israeli movie industry has produced so many excellent films in the past few years that I try to go and see them as soon as they are on at our local movie theater.

Yesterday evening we went to see Lemon Tree, a film directed by Eran Riklis. The synopsis can be found on the site of the Israeli Film Fund.

More than the story, after all the plot is rather simple and straightforward, it is the portraits of the two women – the Israeli and the Palestinian- which are remarkable. They both seem to live respectively in an environment where their behavior is dictated by other people. But it is also obvious that, in the end, Mira and Salma are the ones who embody dignity and principles in front of blind bureaucracy and sheer absurdity. A must-see.

6 thoughts on “Lemon Tree

  1. >as soon as they are on at our local movie theater
    I am so jealous! We have these large movie theaters in New Jersey, but they all play the same Hollywood drivel. Once a year we have the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, and if the committee happens to pick that movie and it happens to be at a time I can attend, I guess to see an Israeli movie.

  2. Yes, we are lucky. It might have something to do with the fact that the film was co-sponsored (apart from the Israeli Film Fund) by 2 French TV channels (and 2 German ones as well).

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