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The Little Traitor Reviews

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April 28, 2013
"The Little Traitor" is a poignant drama of a an unlikely friendship between an Israeli boy and a British soldier in the middle of one of the momentous decades in history.
½ February 20, 2013
A wonderful little story, not told with great sophistication, but well acted, with a touch of humor and overall very worth one's time. The biggest problem here is the typical leftist Rotten Tomatoes reviewer's bias against anything to the right of Marx. We've taken to calling this lefty hotspot Rotten Reviewers but thanks to all of those Audience reviewers who rated it fairly.
January 10, 2013
Sweet, warm, touchingly wonderful movie about a young boy coming of age in Palestine on the verge of the creation of the state of Israel, and his friendship with a British soldier who teaches him much about life and tolerance. Alfred Molina shows that he can play any role and little Ido Port shines as Proffy.
Super Reviewer
½ November 20, 2012
Heartwarming. excellent, well written movie. The actors were chosen very well for their parts, and they did a really great job. Nice little history lesson in this, too. An ending that made me teary eyed. What more can you ask for?...
August 16, 2012
I cry at the end each time!!!! Proffy is soooo adorable!!! I love that kid! Molina was excellent as always. This a thoroughly enjoyable film.
Super Reviewer
July 19, 2012
A Palestinian Jew "betrays" his community by forming a friendship with British officer in 1947.
The friendship between Sergeant Dunlop and Proffy, played by Alfred Molina and Ido Port respectively, is charming and endearing, and Molina plays the genial father perfectly. As a whole, though, the film has several flaws. Like many Western films about Israel and Palestine, The Little Traitor elides Palestinian Arabs and Muslims from the conversation, condemning them to roles like good-natured merchants with a minute of screen time and a lip-service mention in the film's final moments. It's revisionist history in its worst form, and to suggest that Jews were the only victims of British occupation is myopic and irresponsible.
Despite these political concerns, I think director Lynn Roth is less concerned with Zionist politics, which are certainly depicted, and most concerned with a human coming-of-age tale. Even in this, the film fails because of Ido Port's stoic, bland performance. Molina carries their scenes together, but the child actor's reaction shots might as well be an impromptu photograph of Port watching grass grow.
Overall, even with Port's poor performance, I found myself thinking that the film - even with its historical amnesia - has its heart in the right place, believing that the way to dispel colonization's violence is through personal friendships rather than political violence; if only Roth had applied the same view to present-day issues in which Proffy and Dunlop's roles are reversed.
December 11, 2011
I totally would be friends with Alfred Molina, he's a darling.
½ November 11, 2011
A hidden treasure and a little history too! I really enjoyed this.
October 11, 2011
This is the CUTEST movie. The little boy character is adorable. Watching this film brings alive what Jerusalem was like in 1947 under British occupation. It is about coming of age, friendship, and realizing that enemies are not black and white.
½ September 15, 2011
Some must-skip parts, but otherwise a good story, though the boy's parents were not the most sympathetic of characters.
½ July 2, 2011
Not bad for an Israeli film, although when the kids start speaking Hebrew and there isn't any subtitles??? Probably missed out on 10% of the story.
They should make it all in English or subtitle the foreign bits.
½ June 28, 2011
Interesting theme, well directed and touching film. Maybe not perfect but surely something interesting and different. Makes you think what is an enemy and who is a friend after all? Maybe one of the best attemps in Israelian history!
½ May 14, 2011
What a lovely sweet charming movie. The little boy is gorgeous and a brilliant actor. I loved it.
½ July 26, 2010
Set in Palestine post WW2, "The Little Traitor" is the story of 11 year old Proffy Liebowitz (Ido Port) an Israeli boy who spends much of his spare time with his friends trying to concoct ways for the occupying British soldiers to leave their land. One night after being picked by British soldier Sgt. Dunlop (Alfred Molina) for evading curfew, Dunlop is impressed by Proffy's brazen confidence and instead of arresting him takes him home to his parents. This marks the beginning of a strong friendship between the two of them. Unfortunately once Proffy's friends learn of this, rumors begin circulating the Proffy is spying on them and selling information to the British which result in Proffy being branded a traitor and becoming an outcast, with Dunlop the only friend he can rely on.
Despite being set over six decades ago the themes of this movie are still relevant today, and the damage that rumors and misinformation can do to situations which are in actuality perfectly frivolous. Port and Molina are both excellent and the production designers have done a wonderful job of recreating the time period. The running time is nice and compact too. Well worth watching.
June 21, 2010
Beautiful, simply told, elegant film. This film reaffirms our faith in love, understanding and unity in a complicated world.
June 1, 2010
Movie about friendship between two people who are supposed to be enemies - one a Jewish boy, the other a British seargent in Jerusalem before 1948 Jewish state.
May 8, 2010
A modest little film; competently done. This is partly a coming-of-age story in Palestine, 1947; under British occupation. A friendship develops between an 11 yr old jewish boy & a British soldier. The boy is just adequate; and a bit lacking in some scenes. Alfred Molina, as the soldier, does a charming, competent turn here. There is no great theme being explored here. No great drama is played out.

Mildly interesting; no need for a big screen. An OK DVD rental.
March 27, 2010
it's fucking amazing!! *____*
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