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Torn Apart (1989)





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Based on the novel A Forbidden Love by Chayym Zeldis, this drama tells of a young Jewish Israeli soldier who meets up with his childhood Arabic friend and the two fall in love. Unfortunately, the couple must face a number of tragic circumstances as they attempt to be together in a religiously prejudiced and war-torn country.

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Adrian Pasdar
as Ben Arnon
Cecilia Peck
as Laila Malek
Makram Khoury
as Mahmoud Malek
Machram Huri
as Mahmoud Malek
Arnon Zadok
as Prof. Ibrahim Mansour
Margrit Polak
as Ilana Arnon
Michael Morim
as Moustapha
Amos Lavi
as Fawzi
Hanna Azulai
as Jamilah
Barry Primus
as Arie Arnon
Amon Zadok
as Prof. Ibrahim Mansour
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A story of forbidden love, ala Romeo and Juliet, told in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Call it West Bank Story, even though the action takes place in Gaza. (Poetic license.) Childhood friends are reunited as young adults and love blossoms. Heartbreaking story, with the austere beauty of the Israeli countryside as a backdrop. However the dialog seemed stilted and the story held few surprises. One wonders how peace can ever come between people who hate each other so much that honor comes before love and family ties and where the simplest choice is dictated by a society that cannot accept outsiders. Adrian Pasdar, as Ben, is adequate, but Cecilia Peck, as Laila, stands out as the ethereal beauty who enchants him. Hard to watch mainly because one knows it cannot end well. One only wishes for a little bit more polish in the production.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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