Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A Jewish couple come upon a convent in Arab Occupied Territory after they have car trouble, the problem is that it’s minutes before the Sabbath is about to begin.
My Take on it – In this year’s Oscar pool, I chose this movie to win the Best Short Film Oscar because I assumed (like so many others) that the fact that this is a joint Arab-Israeli project that the politics of the situation would help it win.
After having seen this and the eventual winner Stutterer (2015), I now know that this is a slightly inferior story because we don’t get to know the characters well enough in the short running time.
It seems to be more of a movie trying to promote a political message instead of trying to tell an interesting story.
Being that I am not a fan of non-English language films, I was happy that of the three languages spoken here , I am fluent in two of them, so it was easier for me to understand it all.
Living not far from where this film supposedly takes place, I am familiar with the area shown, but I believe that numerous aspects of the story are a bit far-fetched and couldn’t or wouldn’t happen in real life.
I’m aware that this is fiction and am able to turn on my suspension of disbelief, so from that perspective, I was able to try and fully immense myself into this story despite knowing how unrealistic parts of this are unless one looks at it as a satire or parody of what goes on.
Bottom Line – Interesting movie, but it feels too politicized to me. Enjoyed the fact that I understood 2 of the 3 languages spoken. A number of aspects are a bit too far-fetched IMHO, but that is to be expected in a story like this.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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