Free Zone Reviews
Rebecca has a deep appreciation for the Islamic ways despite breaking off a recent engagement with her fiancé. After getting into an argument with her mother in-law, she jumps in a taxi in Jordan with a unique taxi driver. She is female and has her own problems. Neither have anything special to do that day but tell each other their fascinating stories of the events in their life that led to their chance encounter.
"The man could only take fifty, fifty from hundreds. I was the fifty-first."
Amos Gitai, director of Tsili, Words from Gods, One Day You'll Understand, Eden, Promised Land, and Disengagement, delivers Free Zone. The storyline for this picture is interesting mainly due to the settings and Islamic feel and the acting is very solid. The cast delivers their performances well and includes Natalie Portman, Hana Laszlo, Hiam Abbass, Carmen Maura, Makram Khoury, and Aki Avni.
"What did she do?"
"She let me have her in her husband's bed."
Free Zone is a movie I grabbed off Netflix because it starred one of my all time favorite actresses, Natalie Portman. I will say this movie was interesting from a scenery and sub plot purposes. The overall movie was just okay so I wouldn't go to out of my way to see this, but it is worth watching once.
"What do you want to grow?"
Free Zone is essentially a character driven movie and mostly excels at highlighting the extremely palpable tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians through the view of three women. The movie acts best when viewed as a metaphor, however the story never fully develops the characters and/or their conflicts. The story also never fully resolves (which in itself could be viewed as a statement).
I recommend Free Zone mostly for the acting of Hanna Laslo, who shines brightly in her portrayal of Hanna Ben Moshe, a business woman from Israel who goes to Jordan's free zone to pick up money she is owed from a Palestinian? woman and tension quickly escalates between the women who do not trust one another. It marks a sad day when there is so much tension that there is a total break down of communication.
IF you are looking for a film that is neat with everything tightly woven and threads neatly resolved, this IS not the movie for you. If you can view it as a metaphor for the tensions of the area and are looking for a glimpse of what a day in the life might be like, you will likely gain something from this film.