Bethlehem (2014)



Critic Consensus: Balancing complex Middle Eastern politics against a universal human drama, director Yuval Adler fashions Bethlehem into a thought-provoking, well-acted character study.

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Bethlehem tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence. --(C) Adopt
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Shadi Mar'i
as Sanfur
Hitham Omari
as Badawi
Tarak Kopty
as Abu Ibrahim
Tarek Kopty
as Abu Ibrahim
Hisham Suliman
as Ibrahim
Yossi Eini
as Levy
Karem Shakur
as Abu Mussa
Dudu Niv
as Shefler
Irad Rubenstein
as Army Officer
Ali Wakad
as Journalist
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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22)

Bethlehem's plot is nothing new; it's the oft-told Cain and Abel story updated for the age of suicide bombers and tactical strikes, as a tautly structured mix of melodrama and ticking-clock thriller.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Globe and Mail
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Cinematographer Yaron Scharf shoots Bethlehem like a modern western, every grimace, twitch and drop of sweat playing in stark relief against an implacable landscape that has seen much spilled blood.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Toronto Star
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The politics of "Bethlehem" are complex, but the relationship at its heart is simple: a kid who needs some kind of stability in his life, even if it comes from a most unlikely, and dangerous, place.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Arizona Republic
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A rich, multilayered character study cleverly garbed as an action thriller, Bethlehem is a searing critique of the conflict and its toll - not just in human lives, but also in two peoples' gradual, overall loss of humanity.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Bethlehem remains a fairly powerful experience because so much of what we see is inflamed by a violence that seems to have no end.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
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The story of a young Palestinian, pushed into informing by the Israeli secret police, and forced to navigate conflicting feelings of loyalty, betrayal, self-interest and revenge.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Bethlehem

no opening credits or nothin this 1 just grabs ya an goes shows the complex relationships between the jews and the arabs & doesn't pull any punches or take sides

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Although it seems like we see this type of film over and over and over again, it is nonetheless yet another great film uncovering truths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Very gripping.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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This is somewhat okay, but I didn't care much for it. Reason to be, is that I've seen films like this before, and done better. So maybe if I haven't seen them first this would have got a higher rating. But if I saw them later and I would compare them to this, they still would be better.

Randy Pronk
Randy Pronk

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