9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim) (2007)
Critic Reviews for 9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim)
A little voiceover commentary might add more than the sound of his panting.
This 2006 film heightens our sympathy for the photogenic young guys and underscores the inherent irony of their lives.
Haar's handheld camera rawly captures the breathless scrambles and nocturnal disorientation of the fleeing Palestinians.
A documentary filled with immediacy but free of analysis, a fascinating but ultimately unenlightening record of [Palestine's] plight.
Like all good political documentaries, 9 Star Hotel is more anthropology than agitprop, a portrait of life among the young, poorly educated men who are caught between Israeli exploitation and Palestinian Authority corruption.
Audience Reviews for 9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim)
Powerful message, but the subjective editing made me lose trust in the filmmaker. Example: Shot of Pallestinians crossing a river trying to sneak into Israel. Cut to Israeli patrol vehicle travelling down a road. Cut to Pallestinians running into the woods. Cut back to Israeli patrol vehicle passing by the camera. All of the shots seemed to be from different locations at different times. None showed the Pallenstinians and Israeli's in the same frame. Although I have no doubt the danger and conflict exists, the filmmaker wasn't able to capture it well on film so he had to resort to creative editing. To me, he lost his documentary cred by doing this.
[font=Century Gothic]"9 Star Hotel" is a documentary about a group of Palestinian itinerant workers who illegally cross over from the West Bank into Israel to work on the building of a city. Like other migrant workers around the globe, there is little work at home and they make the hard journey to support their families at home.(Some even work two jobs or find other ways to supplement their income.) But here, there is also the spectre of the Arab-Israeli conflict hanging over them, along with the Security Wall on the horizon which will make their crossings nearly impossible. These workers live in makeshift dwellings, sometimes even sleeping in the open air, all the while keeping an eye out for Israeli patrols.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]What separates "9 Star Hotel" from other documentaries of its type is the level of access the filmmakers have with these men and the level of risk they take on themselves.(In a couple of sequences, it seems like the cameraman is running as hard as everybody else.) The movie is shot in a verite style, watching and listening to the men as they tell their individual stories without commenting. [/font]
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