A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2013)
17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious "Gazaman," a young Palestinian named Nam. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbas is based on the award-winning novel by Valrie Zenatti. (c) Film Movement … More
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Critic Reviews for A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
It raises the hope that someday, perhaps, there can be a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian minds.
What elevates [it] ... is the gentleness with which Binisti approaches his difficult subject.
Although smoothly directed, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea has little visual personality or dramatic urgency.
The film's notion that a little understanding and a lot of e-mailing would basically solve the Middle East crisis ... is as reductive as it is utopian.
The initially cynical Naim suggests Tal's project is insignificant, nothing but a bottle of hope bobbing about in a sea of enmity - and so too this film.
Sure, it has something to say, but it hardly feels like its out to change the world -- only a very small part of it. And it succeeds with sincere feelings and a beguiling charm
This is the story of people who dream big dreams and find a common understanding in the face of impossible difficulties. It's hard not to get behind that.
Yet another impressive dramatic take on the endless Middle East impasse and attendant violence.
A teenage immigrant from France living in Israel and a Palestinian youth try to break down the barriers that separate them.
The film obviously can't resolve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, but the resolution to the story's arc feels nonetheless forced and misplaced.
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