Amreeka Reviews

  • Feb 09, 2016

    Pour son premier film, Cherien Dabis décide de parler de sa propre vie et de sa famille en contant l'histoire d'une mère et de son fils qui quittent la Palestine pour aller vivre aux USA, dans l'Illinois. Au lieu d'en faire un drame, Cherien Dabis en fait une comédie, parfois hilarante, souvent grinçante, constamment efficace. Nisreen Faour est absolument fabuleuse dans le rôle principal, tandis qu'on note de belles performances d'Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda et Alia Shawkat. Jamais les situations semblent être exagérées ou dramatisées pour rendre le film plus marquant. Au contraire, ce sont les petites choses de la vie que retranscrit Dabis qui sont particulièrement réussies et qui en font un excellent film, à qui l'on pardonnerait presque de faire encore plus de publicité pour le White Castle que le premier opus des aventures d'Harold & Kumar.

    Pour son premier film, Cherien Dabis décide de parler de sa propre vie et de sa famille en contant l'histoire d'une mère et de son fils qui quittent la Palestine pour aller vivre aux USA, dans l'Illinois. Au lieu d'en faire un drame, Cherien Dabis en fait une comédie, parfois hilarante, souvent grinçante, constamment efficace. Nisreen Faour est absolument fabuleuse dans le rôle principal, tandis qu'on note de belles performances d'Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda et Alia Shawkat. Jamais les situations semblent être exagérées ou dramatisées pour rendre le film plus marquant. Au contraire, ce sont les petites choses de la vie que retranscrit Dabis qui sont particulièrement réussies et qui en font un excellent film, à qui l'on pardonnerait presque de faire encore plus de publicité pour le White Castle que le premier opus des aventures d'Harold & Kumar.

  • Aug 07, 2014

    Liked this so much. Some people would argue that it's diluted in Hollywood fluff, maybe over-sentimental and simplistic, but regardless of how obvious its lessons SHOULD be, they're not obvious to everyone. Wonderfully acted and realistic, with a perfect ending, hopeful but not over-sappy.

    Liked this so much. Some people would argue that it's diluted in Hollywood fluff, maybe over-sentimental and simplistic, but regardless of how obvious its lessons SHOULD be, they're not obvious to everyone. Wonderfully acted and realistic, with a perfect ending, hopeful but not over-sappy.

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    John B Super Reviewer
    Jun 04, 2014

    A middling film about the trials and tribulations of a Palestinian family and their new home in America. When things are bad, they are truly bad and when they are good, things are perfect. Unfortunately that loses reality in a film.

    A middling film about the trials and tribulations of a Palestinian family and their new home in America. When things are bad, they are truly bad and when they are good, things are perfect. Unfortunately that loses reality in a film.

  • Sep 06, 2013

    Cherien Dabis too easily resolves or dismisses the characters' problems, making way for an upbeat ending.

    Cherien Dabis too easily resolves or dismisses the characters' problems, making way for an upbeat ending.

  • Aug 07, 2013

    I enjoyed it, though nothing about it stand out to me.

    I enjoyed it, though nothing about it stand out to me.

  • Aug 03, 2013

    A Palestinian divorced mother moves with her teenaged son to Illinois to live and go to school. Good enough.

    A Palestinian divorced mother moves with her teenaged son to Illinois to live and go to school. Good enough.

  • Aug 01, 2013

    The conflicts central to this film are set up like dominoes and then quickly knocked over. Towards of the end of the film I tired of this conflict template. However, I liked this movie simply because it's quite different than your standard fare. Solid characters and camerawork...and a funny script.

    The conflicts central to this film are set up like dominoes and then quickly knocked over. Towards of the end of the film I tired of this conflict template. However, I liked this movie simply because it's quite different than your standard fare. Solid characters and camerawork...and a funny script.

  • Jul 30, 2013

    A divorced Palestinian and her young son decide to move to America shortly after 9/11, and struggle with the ignorance and prejudice of the people of rural Illinois. This feature length debut by Dabis is a touching and sweet drama brimming with humanity which surprises not only for its occasional well timed sense of humour but also for its more positive look on the subject of immigration than most other films of the same kind.

    A divorced Palestinian and her young son decide to move to America shortly after 9/11, and struggle with the ignorance and prejudice of the people of rural Illinois. This feature length debut by Dabis is a touching and sweet drama brimming with humanity which surprises not only for its occasional well timed sense of humour but also for its more positive look on the subject of immigration than most other films of the same kind.

  • Jun 24, 2013

    Soberbia revison del racismo y la cultura árabe a veces tan contradictoria. El ser humano es universal, y se aferra de donde puede.

    Soberbia revison del racismo y la cultura árabe a veces tan contradictoria. El ser humano es universal, y se aferra de donde puede.

  • Feb 26, 2013

    national geographic entertainment presented us a movie that is very true to heart... Amreeka teaches us to be what we really are...

    national geographic entertainment presented us a movie that is very true to heart... Amreeka teaches us to be what we really are...