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Excellent job opening an intimate window on life in Golan Heights.,
This review is from: The Syrian Bride (DVD)
Loved this film because it really [...] me into their world on that day. It was a very intimate film. There was no real excitement but lots of suspense in the many relationships portrayed within one fascinating family torn apart by various things yet still coming together. There was also suspense in the family's relationships to the political states it had to live with, i.e. Israel and Syria. Even though this story would seem about an existence Americans just can't identify with, I found it very easy to identify with. It was like anyone's life but in higher stress. The pressures on the family members were more, the pressures on the family unit itself was more, the pressures placed on them by their local and national governments were more. The long climax of the film played out on the border was an experience of Orwellian red tape again MORE than an American has to deal with. I also learned about the Druze people and the situation they live in in Israel and Syria. There are just so many "situations" in that part of the world that I often feel overwhelmed when I try to research it to figure it out. I know one shouldn't rely on fictional movies to explain reality, but this movie did a good job of taking one day and using it to open a window on life for many Druze trapped in the Golan Heights apart from their relatives in Syria. There was never a dull moment . The acting was very good to excellent. This is the second film I've seen with Haim Abbass who played the older sister of the bride. I find her mesmerizing for some reason. She's just got "it". One can't explain it but one knows it when one sees it. Your eyes immediately go to her and don't leave because you just really want to see what she does next and to try to fathom her feelings and thoughts from her very expressive face. She's just the icing on the cake in this lovely piece of gifted film making. If you like this film, try Paradise Now which I actually preferred.