It raises the hope that someday, perhaps, there can be a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian minds.
| Original Score: 3/4
A gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Director Thierry Binisti has chosen two excellent leads in Shalaby and Bonitzer, both of whom exude intensity and charisma. The supporting cast is also uniformly solid.