Free Zone (2006)

Free Zone



Critic Consensus: The symbolism in this cinematic metaphor on conflicts in the Middle East becomes so overbearing that it's hard to care about the characters or their plight.

Movie Info

A Jewish-American woman still reeling from her breakup with her Spanish-Israeli fiancée hits the road with a middle-aged Israeli woman, who is looking to collect the 30,000-dollar debt owed to her by her husband's former business partner, and a Palestinian woman, who claims to know the elusive moneyman's whereabouts, in this road-trip drama from Kippur director Amos Gitai. In her efforts to escape the painful memory of her breakup with former fiancée Julio (Aki Avni), Rebecca (Natalie Portman) … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 29, 2007
New Yorker Films


as Leila

as Mrs. Breitberg

as Julio

as Security A

as Security B

as Gas Salesman

as Oasis Man
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Critic Reviews for Free Zone

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (17)

A rambling road movie with noble intentions and an excess of speechifying.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A minor movie on a major subject, a drama with an almost unbearable lightness.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The movie -- a metaphor for the tangled, impossible state of Israeli/Palestinian relations -- only intermittently clicks.

June 30, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Without fail, Gitai's determination to churn everything into metaphoric mud prevails.

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Too slight as a metaphor for the larger catastrophe of the Mideast, too preachy to work as an emotionally compelling drama.

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Much of the dialogue is didactic and pedantic. And when not didactic and pedantic, it's plodding and dull.

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Free Zone


Crazy ride.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Free Zone" starts with American tourist Rebecca(Natalie Portman) hysterically crying in the backseat of a taxi in Jerusalem. The driver, Hanna(Hanna Laslo), wants to know where she wants to go because she has an appointment in Jordan. Rebecca figures that is as good as anyplace...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Director Amos Gitai takes a page out of Abbas Kiarostami's book by setting almost all of "Free Zone" in a taxi(accompanied by some distracting flashbacks. Well, as long as it gets Carmen Maura in the film...) as it travels through Israel and Jordan. Gitai has even less to say than his Iranian counterpart and the movie does not get anywhere interesting until the end. It is a shame because the movie wastes a valuable opportunity to view the Middle East conflict in microcosm.(It is rather obvious that Rebecca is a representative for all Americans who can leave the region any time they want.) But there are some good thoughts on identity, here. [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

well the first 10 minutes were completely insane, the rest of the movie was extremely slow, dull and boring... perhaps it would of been better if it was a palestinian suicide bomber they met at the free zone.. . it would of perhaps made the movie a little shorter. This is one of the worst foreign movies i've seen. Even a great actress like natalie portman couldn't save it from its doom.

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