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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2013)

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2013)

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17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious "Gazaman," a young Palestinian named Nam. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbas is based on the award-winning novel by Valrie Zenatti. (c) Film Movement

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Cast

Hiam Abbass
as Intessar
Salim Daw
as Ahmed
Loai Nofi
as Hakim
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

It raises the hope that someday, perhaps, there can be a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian minds.

January 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope.

January 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

What elevates [it] ... is the gentleness with which Binisti approaches his difficult subject.

January 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Although smoothly directed, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea has little visual personality or dramatic urgency.

January 2, 2013 | Full Review…

The film's notion that a little understanding and a lot of e-mailing would basically solve the Middle East crisis ... is as reductive as it is utopian.

January 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The initially cynical Naim suggests Tal's project is insignificant, nothing but a bottle of hope bobbing about in a sea of enmity - and so too this film.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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