Bethlehem

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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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Critic Reviews for Bethlehem

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (10)

  • Its most compelling element, however, is the relationship between informer and informant.

    Aug 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 4, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 27, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 21, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bethlehem remains a fairly powerful experience because so much of what we see is inflamed by a violence that seems to have no end.

    Mar 7, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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  • Apr 03, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer

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