The Other Son
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As he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents' biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.
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And now on to the film. There are so many great films being made today that one is challenged to pay homage to them all.
However there are great films and then there are great films that somehow change us forever. Such films that make us think and ask questions and reach deep down into the core of our hearts. Others reviewers have already commented on the countless virtues of "THE OTHER SON" and why it towers over so many other wonderful films being made today by Directors and Screenplay writers of impeccable talent and never failing good taste and possessing exquisite sensitivity.
But somehow "THE OTHER SON" is more than just the sum of all the excellent parts. As entertaining as it is from the first frame till the last it is yet somehow something more than another Award winning Film. It grabs our Hearts, it opens our eyes, it makes us appreciate the folly and futility of hatred and prejudice and holding deep rooted grudges that get passed on from generation to generation.
"The Other Son" challenges us to imagine the alternative paths and all "the roads not taken".
By the middle of the film I was already more than won over to one of the chief premises of the story. That we not only should, but MUST somehow struggle, difficult as that can often be, to rise above the "Fray" of old animosities and the desire for revenge and decide we will choose a new route encompassing mutual understanding and yes even love for our fellow human beings, whoever they are and wherever there are.
In a world beset with violence and never ending bloodshed wherever one looks, "THE OTHER SON" is a timely reminder that in the end we are all each other's Brother and Sister, Son and Daughter only kept apart by a few degrees of Separation.
No amount of praise is adequate or sufficient to extol the magisterial virtues of this timely, precious and most unique film.
To all involved, including the Director, Screenwriter/s, actors et al, I salute you on this remarkable achievement. Well done.
This story gives a very honest portrayal of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I'm always on guard for biased presentation on this issue, and I did not detect any bias. Neither group is 100% good or bad. We are all just people with a mixture of good & evil.
You can see the contrast in the lives of the Jewish people living in modern Israel, and the challenges of the Palestinian families. As someone who has been there and seen it firsthand, I found it to be an honest depiction of their situation.
It is easy to hate a group of people who you think are your enemies, but when you come face-to-face with a person, or a family that mirrors your own, you find that love can build a bridge.
It was thought-provoking, and I found it to be very moving. I highly recommend it for anyone who is trying to understand more about this conflict.