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The Bubble (2006)

Ohad Knoller , Yousef 'Joe' Sweid , Eytan Fox  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ohad Knoller, Yousef 'Joe' Sweid, Daniela Wircer, Alon Friedmann
  • Directors: Eytan Fox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YMDJ02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bubble" on IMDb

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Three young Israelis, two guys and a girl, share an apartment in Tel Aviv's hippest neighborhood: headstrong Lulu, who works in a bath products boutique; flamboyant Yali, who manages a trendy café; and brooding music store clerk Noam, who spends his weekends serving at checkpoints in the National Guard. When Noam meets and falls in love with a Palestinian man named Ashraf, he and his friends conspire to help Ashraf stay on in Tel Aviv illegally. They participate in a beach rally, celebrating a peaceful coexistence, and calling for an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories. But ultimately, their carefully constructed utopia is shattered by the political and social realities of the Middle East, and the constant outbursts of violence.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Gay Love Story November 15, 2007
The Israeli movie "The Bubble", a creation of director Eytan Fuchs/Fox and his screenplay-writer husband of 18 years, is a MUST SEE. I've had the DVD since August 2007, because I ordered the Region 2 (PAL) edition directly from Israel. I like it even more every time I watch it. In the film festival circuit, it has been getting standing ovations, and for good reason.

The film works well on a number of levels: It's a very touching gay love story, told without coyness or artifice. It's a very revealing glimpse into both sides of a conflict most of us only hear about on the news. It's a love letter to the modern, hedonistic city that is Tel Aviv. It's a portrait of a group of charming young friends who care deeply for each other, and who I found I really cared about too.

It's also a beautiful plea for peace. At times funny, sad, touching, and always thought-provoking, it's a movie that stays in your thoughts long after it's over.

I have to say I like it even more than "Brokeback Mountain" -- which had a number of aspects I did not like. Back in the days when I thought the Academy Awards actually meant anything, I might have hoped "The Bubble" would win Best Foreign Film. But now that it's clear that an Oscar has no real meaning as an award for true quality, I hope the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs will step in and fill the gap. But you must see this movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Borders and Bridges February 19, 2008
The Israeli/Palestinian conflict persists and while the world may be aware of the violence surrounding the division of the two countries, few have a clue to the other aspect of the division - the group of people who want peace and work toward eradicating the separation. Eytan Fox, in THE BUBBLE ('Ha-Buah'), has created a much needed alternative viewpoint of the schism, electing to tell a story that contains some fine humor, a lot of love, and a taste of brutal reality. It is a window into a situation that begs for understanding.

In Tel Aviv three close friends are roommates: Lulu (Daniela Virtzer), a beautiful young woman with strong opinions; Yali (Alon Friedman), a very 'out' gay young man who works in a popular café; and Noam (Ohad Knoller), a handsome, somewhat shy fellow who, in addition to his day job in a music shop, is a member of the National Guard and therefore spends his free time serving as a guard at the city's checkpoints. It is during one of these guard duty weekends that he meets a young Palestinian named Ashraf (Yousef 'Joe' Sweid), and a mutual attraction occurs. The three friends decide to 'stowaway' the illegally present Ashraf (whom they nickname with an Israeli name) and while Ashraf and Noam settle into a love relationship, Yali hires Ashraf at his café, and Yali and Lulu both proceed to find love interests, too. All goes well until Ashraf must return home for his sister's wedding. Though in Tel Aviv Ashraf has been able to be openly gay with Noam, life is far different in Jerusalem: Ashraf is told he must marry his sister's groom-to-be sister. In an attempt to rescue Ashraf from his fate, Noam and Lulu disguise themselves as French reporters to gain access to Ashraf.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a pair of star-cross'd lovers September 22, 2009
I borrowed this from the local library without knowing anything more than provided by the description on the back of the box. I thought it would be some light, fluffy, Will-and-Grace type comedy, and was pleased to find instead a contemporary tale of star-cross'd lovers.

In a scene that echoes the opening street brawl between the House of Montague and the House of Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, The Bubble begins during an altercation at an Israeli checkpoint. The Palestinian travelers are squabbling with the gruff Israeli soldiers over their treatment, when a woman goes into labor. A young soldier, Noam (Ohad Knoller), tries to deliver the baby, while Ashraf (Yousef 'Joe' Sweid) translates for him and comforts the woman. They notice each other in the moment, but part ways immediately when the baby is born dead.

A disillusioned Noam returns to civilian life, and is enjoying his time with his flat mates when Ashraf appears and returns the Israeli's lost passport. The two go up to the roof of the building, and their relationship takes off from there - in explicit visuals I might add. For those who are wondering about love scenes, gay or otherwise, this movie has both. If male or female nudity, or male-male love scenes truly bother you, you'll probably want to steer clear of The Bubble, though in doing so you will miss a good movie.

The performance of Yousef 'Joe' Sweid is heartbreakingly wonderful and can't help but draw the viewer in. He portrays an endearing innocence in a world hostile to everything Ashraf is, without the character feeling forced or contrived. Such a character not carefully handled can easily appear quaint, and even idiotic to an audience, but here you come to care for a man who seemingly has obstacles at every point on the compass.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bubble: A true piece of cinematic art April 19, 2008
This is a truly amazing film on so many levels. As a narrative, it is deeply poignant as you find yourself connecting with the characters in their joys, pains, frustrations, love and passions. As a love story between two gay men across conflicting borders, it raises political and moral questions of citizenship and the role of the State. As a representation of conflict in the Middle East, it paints a portrait of the human side of those caught in the mix of turmoil, those dreaming of a life of peace where they can simply be. These are the images we rarely see in mainstream news, but are strung together in a beautiful film that will make you think and it will draw out feelings and emotions from all ends of the spectrum. The Bubble is a blend of current events, politics, philosophy, excitement, sorrow, humor and wit, relationships, and much much more. This is a true piece of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells It Like It Is
I happened upon this film recently on Netflix and was hooked in first 5 minutes. Everything seemed so life like. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Diversity Can Be Funny
Eytan Fox has got his finger squarely on the hot buzz button not matter what your sexual and political preference might be.
Published 7 months ago by Howard Greer
1.0 out of 5 stars Nope
I had to watch it for a class. I found it awkward and insignificant. Don't waste your time on this one.
Published 7 months ago by Student
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup....
This was not my cup of tea. I like foreign films, but this was, for me, to hard to follow.
Published 7 months ago by Calandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. Intense. Honest
It's been a while since I've seen something that both shocked and touched me like this. What a beautiful, humanist film.
Published 8 months ago by Allyn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bubble
Content is very heavy but an excellent film which stayed on my mind days afterwards. You don't want to miss it.
Published 8 months ago by Ronald Northrup
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
This movies should be considered a staple of LGBT and Israeli cinema alike. A great way to view the current conflict in the Middle East.
Published 8 months ago by Kenneth Granle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Very touching movie, a must see if you are a gay Muslim or Jewish because you will be able to relate a much deeper level. Read more
Published 11 months ago by VICTOR GERSTEN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Nice Surprise
All I knew of this film before watching was the picture of the DVD shown on Amazon and the brief summary description. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lost in Vegas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great movie. Perfectly paced with a great story. The acting is phenomenal and the whole movie has a sort of gritty feel to it thanks to the amazing directing and cinematography.
Published 11 months ago by Josh Jinkens
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