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This Academy Award nominated film is Shakespearian in its scope and themes - revenge, loyalty, hope and despair - AJAMI draws us into the lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother s medical expenses; a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Through this dramatic collision of different worlds, we witness cultural and religious tensions simmering beneath the surface and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors. Recommended for those who enjoyed Crash or Traffic.
An enormously important film A contemporary crime drama edged with Greek tragedy teems with life. --The Village Voice
One of the pleasures of Ajami, a tough and in many ways unsparing movie, is its deep immersion in the beats and melodies of everyday life in Jaffa and beyond... Some of the scenes, as they unwind slowly and take surprising turns, have the rough, surprising rhythm of a documentary. At the same time, though, the film has an ingenious and carefully worked-out structure. Dividing their story into chapters that are presented out of chronological order, the filmmakers embrace the multi-stranded, decentered narrative strategy that has become one of the prevalent conventions of contemporary world cinema. There are no coincidences, only hidden connections among apparently random events, some of which happen more than once so that the deeper patterns can be revealed. --The New York Times
This is a really nice movie about brotherly love - the brothers live in a difficult economic and social situation in Israel, and when their family gets caught up in gangster crime,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Snehurka
Solid Middle Eastern gritty crime/drama. Worth watching if you are into this genre.Published 7 months ago by Josh M.
Love many Israeli and Arab movies and this was one of them. A good story that educates is so important.Published 9 months ago by Diane Steiner
Violent yet interesting.
Prejudice & conning, lying & fear.
You name it all emotions are there...even love.
Excellent perspective on the human side of the Palestine Israel conflict. Very clearly a deserving nominee for the Academy Award.Published 11 months ago by David Kelsey
The movie is awful. The story is disjointed and it's difficult to follow where each character is supposed to be in each scene. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Heidi