The Little Traitor 2009 NR CC

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Twelve year old Proffy wants the occupying British out of his land. A British officer (Alfred Molina) strikes up a friendship with Proffy, who is then accused of being a little traitor.

Starring:
Ido Port, Alfred Molina
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

The Little Traitor

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Anyways, the plot is really good.
Arlis Elster
Proffey was criticized by his fellow Jews and even tried in a Jewish court for espionage.
voracious reader
This movie was, in my opinion, one of the best I have seen in years.
SMS

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SMS on August 27, 2012
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This movie was, in my opinion, one of the best I have seen in years. It was re-written for the screen from a book by a famous Israeli author named Amos Oz. It shows a sensitivity that goes beyond words with respect to a child's relationship with a singular member of his people's enemy, namely a British Sergeant who was a part of the Palestinian Protectorate force that was established after WWI. The movie was moving and the characters were portrayed with skill and emotional perfection. It showed a positive relationship between Arab and Jew and even a slight possibility of peace for when the UN granted the Jewish people the right to have their own homeland in Palestine. It encapsulated actual scenes from the celebration that took place following the vote of the United Nations and melded these black and white scenes with precision into the context of the movie. Fantastic, Moving, Emotional, Educational are just some of the adjectives I could apply to this film.
SMS
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Singer on June 16, 2012
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I haven't read the Amos Oz novel this is based on, so I don't know how faithful it is to the novel, but it's an absolute gem of a movie, one of my favorites out of many years of movie watching. Another reviewer has done an excellent job of summarizing the story of the movie, so I will just comment that the production value of the movie -- the directing, the cinematography, the acting and the music are all really Oscar worthy. Alfred Molina gives a warm and subtle performance as the British officer and Ido Port as the boy Proffy Leibowitz is very natural in the role and adorable! There are times when just his facial expression alone says so much. The supporting cast are also excellent. This movie does a fine job of making you care about the characters and what happens to them and the ending is so touching. On the bigger stage of world history, it gives us a glimpse of the complexity of Jerusalem in 1947 through the experience of one family and their neighbors. If anything, it is missing the violence of the time from attacks by Arabs on both the native born Jews and the Jewish immigrants, instead focusing on the friendly relationship between the boy and the Arab merchants, which is also true to historical fact that many Arabs were quite friendly to the Jews. It also doesn't go into detail about the many hangings of Jews arrested by the British, which accounts for Proffy's hanging of one of his British toy soldiers. I wanted to mention the violence of the time because while I agree with the moviemakers' decision to leave it out, knowing more of the history does help to understand Proffy's hatred of the British
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2011
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THE LITTLE TRAITOR is a touching little film based on the Amos Oz novel 'Panther in the Basement' and adapted for the screen and directed by Lynn Roth. Made in 2007 but for some reason not commercially released in the USA until On Demand films became popular on television, it is now available in DVD and deserves attention, especially in the current situation of the Middle East situation. This is one of those films that may be small or low budget, but carries a rather profound message that transcends political restrictions or biases.

The story takes place in 1947 Palestine before the formation of Israel as state in 1948. Proffy Liebowitz (Ido Port) may be only eleven years old but he is very bright and has insights into the political situation of the times. He was conceived in Poland but born in Palestine when his parents immigrated in hopes of forming a Jewish state of fellow WW II survivors from the concentration camps. Proffy resents the presence of the British in Paelstine who inflict curfews on the citizens of Jerusalem and joins with his buddies to plan bombs and other ordinances to terrorize the British make their motto of Freedom Or Death meaningful. Proffy's father (Rami Heuberger) is a harsh disciplinarian: he and his wife give sanctuary for immigrant homeless Jews and don't want Proffy to disturb the British policing of the city for fear of altering their roles as protectors.

Out beyond curfew time one evening Proffy encounters British Sergeant Dunlop (Alfred Molina) and somehow the two connect: Dunlop does not arrest Proffy but instead returns him to his home with the promise that Proffy will join him for lunch the next day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By voracious reader on October 24, 2011
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This is the story of a friendship that blooms between Sgt. Dunlop, a British soldier and Proffy, a Jewish boy born in 1947 Palestine. The British and the Jews of Palestine were opposing forces in 1947. The British opposed the Jewish occupation of what became the state of Israel in 1947. The British opposed and prevented the Jewish refugees fleeing WWII Europe from emigrating to Palestine, the Jewish homeland. Jewish armies fought the British soldiers so a friendship between a member of the British occupying forces and a young Jewish boy was unusual. Proffey was a member of a group of 3 boys called the FOD for Forces of Death that tried to sabotage the British by setting off home made bombs with the goal of blowing up a British motorcade. They weren't successful. Proffey and Sgt. Dunlop studied and discussed the book of Samuel from the Old Testament. Proffey was criticized by his fellow Jews and even tried in a Jewish court for espionage. He was acquitted, but he was viewed with suspicion from then on. He paid dearly for what was an innocent and lovely friendship. Sgt. Dunlop sympathized with the Jews who celebrated when the U.N. gave them their state. Sgt. Dunlop was tranferred home and because of mishaps, neither got to say their goodbyes. I won't write about a spoiler, but the film ends charmingly. I highly recommend it. There is a very good film based on this book. I don't know its name, but it too is highly recommended. The acting is first rate, and the script is first rate. The character actor who plays Sgt. Dunlop is excellent.
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