A Borrowed Identity (2015)
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as Grandmother Aisha
as Eyad - Boy
as Principal Jamal
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Critic Reviews for A Borrowed Identity
"Identity" demonstrates its boldness not with stylistic originality but with political acuity.
A fine blend of the universal - teen love, rebellion, tragedy - and riveting specificity, while also working as sharp social critique.
Under Riklis's direction, the film's first act lulls the audience into a sense of familiarity, before plunging into a darker reality. The effect is shattering.
Unusually delicate, sometimes funny, often dramatic, and ultimately profound.
The film feels quietly truthful, as it focuses more on small, pivotal moments than big ones.
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A Palestinian boy grows up in Jerusalem, falls for an Israeli Jewish girl, and must borrow the identity of a schoolmate. What begins as a realistic and compelling retelling of Romeo and Juliet becomes a fascinating criticism of identity, religion, and politics. Eyad's rather blithe transformation from Palestinian anathema to Israeli citizen reveals how socially constructed and fluid such labels are and the failures of the politics that condemn rather than unite. The plot unfolds a bit slowly, and I could have done without the boyhood scenes, but once the film picks up steam, it's deft, critical, and remarkable. Overall, director Eran Riklis's examination of the culture and make-up of Jerusalem is intelligent and should be required viewing for anyone thinking seriously about Israel and Palestine.
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