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Strangers 2009

NR CC
3.5 out of 5 stars (78) IMDb 6.9/10

In this powerful drama, an Israeli man and a Palestinian woman meet serendipitously during the World Cup finals in Germany, and have an passionate affair.

Starring:
Liron Levo, Lubna Azabal
Runtime:
1 hour, 20 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, International
Director Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor
Starring Liron Levo, Lubna Azabal
Supporting actors Abdallah El Akal, Birol Ünel, Patrick Albenque, Dominique Lollia, Clémence Thioly, Mila Dekker, Stephane Pouillot
Studio UCM Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I wanted to leave a review for this movie because I think it touched on something very close to my heart. It is a movie about crossing boundaries and not living your life based on worldly prejudices. In this movie an Isreali man and Palestinian woman allow themselves to develop a relationship despite the presence of war and hatred that enveloped the two cultures at the time. It may not be likely that such a couple might have stayed together at that time, but I think the point of the movie is that everyone has a choice to make when it comes to how you choose to view the world. Are you going to live with the prejudices passed down from generation to generation, or are you going to allow good things into your life that you may not have imagined for yourself?
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This is going to sound weird but Strangers was in one hand interesting and in the other disappointing. It started out as I expected. We follow Eyal first as he arrives in Germany and travels to his ex-girlfriend's house whom he made a pact with years ago. They promised each other they would go to the World Cup together no matter what, even if they broke up. Well keeping his end of the promise, he shows up at her house only for her not to answer his phone calls or answer the door. As he searches for a place to sleep for the night, he meets Rana on the subway. They accidentally switch bags which later results in them meeting back up. This leads to them spending time together, going to the World Cup together, and sharing a place to sleep for the remainder of their stay. Basically they do a lot of talking, drinking, love making, and cigarette smoking (which I am fine with up until later).

Things start getting interesting once Rana receives a mysterious phone call and tells Eyal she has to go back to Paris. As she is about to board the plane, she tells him to not call her, basically to forget about their little affair. I figured maybe she had a husband waiting back at home, or maybe family that would completely freak out at the thought of her being with an Israeli man. Of course Eyal is a total romantic (as shown in the beginning when he keeps his promise to his ex) and decides to fly to Paris to surprise Rana with a visit.

Once in Paris, Eyal gets settled in at a hotel and starts searching for Rana. After getting some info from a cafe that she frequents, he surprises her on the subway. Of course, she tells him he shouldn't have come. He gives her a card from the hotel he is staying at just in case she wants to talk to him.
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That a child back home was asthmatic with a sitter did nothing to deter me from empathizing with the mom's dire need for a bit of time to herself, and that she and her Israeli friend strike it off and become involved seemed totally appropriate given their dire isolation prior to meeting. If we choose to attach to the rapid rhythm of their love affair and empathize, we have some experience of joy in sharing their love. It is a movie about passion overcoming mediocrity and prejudice. It was the beauty of their sensitivity to the possibility of love that rescues them from the garbage bin of history. The Jewish-Arab dimension was treated sensitively and well. Knowing people on both sides of that unfortunate historical fact lead me to believe the writers really were sensitive to the impossible situation Israelis and Palestinians face. Unlikely opportunities presented themselves in this story, but the love-shared value overcame all improbability and the plot sounds true and is in no way not plausible to me. The aesthetically perfect gentle ending smashes all the rough edges into a sort of dream stuff. The fragility of love scares us throughout, but surrendering to the "newness" they find in one another redeems two lives otherwise set in a dreary mold. Their love for each other grows in unusual circumstances and audience and actors are surprised at "love's" power growing rapidly enough to keep apace with the odd fury of their lives. To me it was a wonderful story of how love can hurry if need be in order to survive in harsh circumstances. It also brings home over and over that we get few chances at true love. I took it as a romantic and found it a fabulous romance. The kid is also a big winner in the deal! Things could have gone wrong at every turn! It was a wild ride, and lovely. Childlike joy and rich passion dance.
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By twolf on February 13, 2013
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Guy Nattiv and Ezrez Tadmor explores mutual attraction, lust and love as common ground between two completely opposite strangers who connect by happenstance in Berlin during the World Cup, He's Israeli, she's Palestinian, what could possibly go wrong? We see the couple fall in love - in classic movie romance style - swept away by lust and the World Cup's incredible energy, only to be interrupted by turmoil at home. Here, the directors smartly avoid expectations and cliché in focusing on our characters emotional and respectful reactions to violence at home, not on politics or history. Brilliantly, this multi-language film, mixing French, English, German, Hebrew and Arabic, the script isn't heavy on dialogue. It relies on the wonderful acting and chemistry between Liron Levo and Lubna Azabal to show the nuances of attraction and love between and beyond the multiple languages they speak.
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