The Bubble (2007)



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Lulu lives with two gay guys, brooding music lover Noam and flamboyant cafe owner Yali. The roommates' days and nights are spent in typical slacker fashion--hanging out, watching TV, getting laid. They are secular and progressive, but not overly political. Everything changes when Noam meets Ashraf, a cute and intense Palestinian guy, at a checkpoint. Noam is on reserve duty and Ashraf is helping a woman forced to give birth at the roadside--not the best circumstances for a meeting, but something connects them. When Ashraf shows up at Noam's apartment, a powerfully erotic love affair begins. Ashraf becomes part of their group, while Lulu and Yali also fall dramatically in and out of love. One almost believes that the two men could inspire change as symbols of peace, but their affair is already doomed. The awful violence of life outside the bubble envelops them, gradually making their affair one of painful, tragic irony.
Art House & International , Drama
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Zohar Liba
as Golan
Oded Leopold
as Sharon
Ruba Blal
as Rana
Lior Ashkenazi
as Actor in "Bent"
Housin Yassin
as Ashraf's Father
Eva Khoury
as Ashraf's Mother
Yossi Marshak
as Actor in "Bent"
Meirav Shefer
as Noam's Mother
Ben Kitsony
as Young Noam
Abed Darwhish
as Young Ashraf
Zineb Darwhish
as Young Rana
Ana Hadid
as Young Ashraf's Mother
Ychie Darwhish
as Young Ashraf's Father
Dorin Munier
as Pregnant Woman
Dani Segev
as Doctor at Checkpoint
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Critic Reviews for The Bubble

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (22)

The casting is spot-on; the blend of erotic comedy and political drama is stunningly smooth; the finale is both devastating and inevitable.

November 9, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As forcefully optimistic and it is frankly unconvincing, the soapy Israeli-made The Bubble is a cry for peace from the comfort of the couch.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's as if Fox sets out to punish his characters for their ignorance, abandoning a sensitive and occasionally surprising love story in favour of political cliché.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Fox's look at Tel Aviv's politically active youth culture is charming, but the movie's descent into melodramatic schmaltz robs it of its drive.

October 26, 2007
Top Critic

Director Eytan Fox may believe that Middle East politics are an obstruction to happiness, but his movie uses the tensions of the region like badly spaced speed bumps.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

I am not sure what the point of the movie is supposed to be, but [director] Fox, his cast and his collaborators are singularly unconvincing in their abruptly shifting gears between comedy and tragedy.

Full Review… | September 12, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Bubble


The film broadened my mind on what is it like to live in Israel. Despite life being harsh on the main characters, they still try to live up their everyday life while balancing love and friendship. Also dealing with the conflict of a Jew and Palesteinian falling in love. The only problem with the film was the pacing and long dialogues, the culture may be intriguing for the foreign veiwers, but not for others

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

This movie was truly inspirational. After watching the trailer, I wasn't expecting what I saw. I laughed with the characters throughout the movie. I smiled. And then I cried like a baby at the end. Knowing the outcome from already reading reviews on this movie, I was tempted to stop watching the movie before the ending. (I am sick of gay movies ending in tragedy).. But I couldn't do that for this movie. Usually I am dissatisfied with sad endings, but with The Bubble I was captivated until the ending credits. Yes, I shed some tears, but I don't feel unhappy or upset when looking back at this movie. I feel inspired and touched at the power of their love. Everybody (gay or straight) needs to watch this. Definitely a must see! I will be watching this over and over!!

Amy Hallows
Amy Hallows

set in the mid east, amidst all the hostility, this film shows gays and their friends trying to ignore the politics and simply live their lives. there were some scenes that went on too long - more mood filler than anything else, and that detracted from the flow of the narrative. There are some powerful scenes here and while the climatic ending seemed somewhat rote, the blazing light and the circling camera were a nice touch. Overall, a canticle to peace and understanding that was heartfelt, yet somehow it managed to lack depth.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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