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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Riff Cohen
as Efrat
Hiam Abbass
as Intessar
Smadi Wolfman
as Myriam
Salim Daw
as Ahmed
Loai Nofi
as Hakim
Hiam Abbas
as Intessar
Reef Cohen
as Efrat
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Critic Reviews for A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

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Full Review… | April 11, 2013
New York Times
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It raises the hope that someday, perhaps, there can be a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian minds.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
New York Post
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A gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope.

January 3, 2013
New York Times
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What elevates [it] ... is the gentleness with which Binisti approaches his difficult subject.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
New York Daily News
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Although smoothly directed, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea has little visual personality or dramatic urgency.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | December 31, 2012
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Some people downplay the movie as a platitude amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Well, reality is reality, and a movie---though sometimes fantasy---portrays the virtue of peaceful possibilities. This movie achieves that end in a fairly simple, but powerful manner.

Phillip McCullough
Phillip McCullough

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