A skillful examination of the personal and the political, Ziad Doueiri’s film tracks the growing disillusion of Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman), a highly successful Palestinian surgeon who lives and works in Tel Aviv. Greatly admired by his Jewish colleagues, Amin feels that his place in Israeli society is even more secure after he’s awarded a coveted medical prize—the first given to an Arab in more than four decades. Missing in the audience during the awards ceremony, though, is Amin’s beloved wife, Siham (Reymonde Amselem). She will be among the dozen mangled corpses, many of them children, whose tiny, broken bodies Amin will valiantly struggle to save at the hospital where he works, left in the wake of a suicide bombing the next day. After the physician is told by Israeli police that Siham was likely the jihadist responsible for the carnage, his incredulousness turns into overwhelming guilt. Driven to find answers, Amin must confront the brutal realities of his marriage and his own complacency.
Arouses profound questions about fanaticism, cultural identity, and the essential mystery of other people, even those we think we know best.
—Peter Keough, Boston Globe
Ziad Doueriri, Joelle Touma, based on the novel by Yasmina Khadra
Amin: Ali Suliman
Adel: Karim Saleh
Sihem: Reymond Amsalem
Captain Moshe: Uri Gavriel
Etoile d’Or/Grand Prix – Festival International du Film de Marakech (2012); Critics Special Prize, Audience Award, and Coming Soon Award – City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) French Film Festival (2013)
LANGUAGE Arabic, Hebrew
RUNNING TIME 102 min
PRODUCTION France, Belgium, 2013
FORMAT(S) 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray, and DVD
Swank Motion Pictures
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