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Ms. Jacir is a thrifty filmmaker; there's nothing frilly in this movie. But she is also a sensitive and imaginative and resourceful one.
Wajib gives an unfussily illuminating snapshot of modern-day Nazareth, where a majority Arab population - most seen here are Christian - has found ways to get along under the fiddly, capricious restrictions of the Israeli state.
An intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home.
It's the clear love and respect between them, despite old quarrels which makes it such a masterful and profound drama.
Jacir has previously stated that "family makes you crazy", and that's certainly true here, but there are lovely moments nonetheless...
Annemarie Jacir's insight into inter-generation tension is what makes Wajib so compelling and watchable, while never losing touch of the specificity of this particular father and son.
How often do you see a film set in contemporary Nazareth? And a really good one, with heart, humour, dynamism, and politics served without pressure or pain? ... While The Insult won the Sydney Film Festival's Audience Award, Wajib won mine.
Nothing seems out of place, but the revelations offered by Wajib into the lives of ordinary Palestinians are suffused with stoic wisdom.
Jacir is able to tweak genre convention to show us something new.
On this simple premise, Palestinian writer-director Annemarie Jacir has constructed a rueful and, at times, savage comedy about the daily dilemmas of Arabs living in Israel.
Grounded in locations that speak to the broader realities and personal differences in philosophy, the film has wry warmth and unexpected differences.
Mohammad and Saleh Bakri put their terrific chemistry on-screen, playing this father-son relationship with nonstop banter and superb physicality.
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