Critic Consensus: Balancing complex Middle Eastern politics against a universal human drama, director Yuval Adler fashions Bethlehem into a thought-provoking, well-acted character study.
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Critic Reviews for Bethlehem
Bethlehem's plot is nothing new; it's the oft-told Cain and Abel story updated for the age of suicide bombers and tactical strikes, as a tautly structured mix of melodrama and ticking-clock thriller.
Cinematographer Yaron Scharf shoots Bethlehem like a modern western, every grimace, twitch and drop of sweat playing in stark relief against an implacable landscape that has seen much spilled blood.
The politics of "Bethlehem" are complex, but the relationship at its heart is simple: a kid who needs some kind of stability in his life, even if it comes from a most unlikely, and dangerous, place.
A rich, multilayered character study cleverly garbed as an action thriller, Bethlehem is a searing critique of the conflict and its toll - not just in human lives, but also in two peoples' gradual, overall loss of humanity.
Bethlehem remains a fairly powerful experience because so much of what we see is inflamed by a violence that seems to have no end.
Audience Reviews for Bethlehem
Although it seems like we see this type of film over and over and over again, it is nonetheless yet another great film uncovering truths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Very gripping.
This is somewhat okay, but I didn't care much for it. Reason to be, is that I've seen films like this before, and done better. So maybe if I haven't seen them first this would have got a higher rating. But if I saw them later and I would compare them to this, they still would be better.
The movie "Bethlehem" shows the complexity of Israeli-Palestinian relationship thru the microcosm of how an Israeli agent's life is interconnected with his Palestinian informant's. The open-ended conclusion of the story only validates the mess of the whole situation: in the end, nobody compromises and thus, the fighting continues...
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