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It has a lot on its mind, including a timely storyline with real-world significance; unfortunately, Zaytoun's reach exceeds its grasp, partly due to the presence of a miscast Stephen Dorff.
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We've ... got to admit right up front: Part of our interest was simply to see what Stephen Dorff is doing playing an Israeli POW.
It's probably best viewed as a fable that tries to strike a hopeful note amid the many woes of the Middle East, but the blunt filmmaking and the near-sentimentality make it hard to buy into.
The resolution is a bit Hollywood, but then who says all films about the Middle East have to be relentlessly grim? "Zaytoun" dares to find common ground and hope amidst political confusion.
A trek that is occasionally very unlikely, but moving nonetheless.
It's just all too breezy to have any real effect.
Given how much Zaytoun follows the playbook, the pic's portentous ending is extraordinarily subtle, and will resonate best with those who know the history of the region.
Zaytoun is surprisingly short on tension, with each and every potential danger evaded though a collection of jarring edits or implausible events.
Poignant and thoughtful, Zaytoun is a solid effort from Riklis.
Spoken plainly, the olives of Zaytoun are bland to the taste.
Despite its "The Defiant Ones" liberal Zionist pieties, there's solid drama and performances.
Zaytoun is relatively successful in tiptoeing through the political minefield of the subject matter, and it offers out the promise of hope and possibility without raising expectations.
It's a powerful drama that works on a couple of levels.
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