Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Zaytoun
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.
Audience Reviews for Zaytoun
Good foreign film showing how communication and compromise can solve conflicts more than war. Takes place in the 1980s and the plot centers on an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian boy as the soldier tries to find his way out of enemy territory and the boy tries to get past the Israeli border to see his family's former home. Stephen Dorff and his counterpart deliver a believable story of the power of friendship and how it can overcome the biggest obstacles.
This is a film that touches you in your soul and stays with you, keeping you thinking and feeling. It is a film that hits on something deep within us and pulls our humanity into a situation that is mired in politics but is and should be about people. It reminds us that we are all from the same seed of life and that it is only over time we become people who can hate. This film brings us back to the relationships that we as humans have, and can have, with anyone, across borders and across the lines of war. I can't stop thinking about this movie, but more importantly, I can't stop feeling from this movie.
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