Three young Israelis, two guys and a girl, share an apartment in Tel Aviv’s hippest neighborhood. Trying to put aside political conflicts and focusing on their lives and loves, these progressive 20-somethings are often accused of living in an escapist “bubble”.
Among them are three young Israeli flatmates: headstrong Lulu, who works in a bath products boutique, flamboyant Yali, who manages a trendy café, and brooding music store clerk Noam, who spends his weekends serving at checkpoints in the National Guard. When Noam meets and falls in love with a young Palestinian man named Ashraf, the young Israelis decide to help Ashraf stay on in Tel Aviv illegally. They dress him in modern Isralei garb, give him a Hebrew name and put him to work in Yali’s café.
Dreaming of the day their beloved Tel Aviv will be free of political problems, the friends organize a beach rave against the occupation. But their good times soon meet up with more than just disappointment and romantic entanglements. The friends must face the bitter truth that love and friendship cannot withhold the harsh reality of the region’s on-going violence. —Birmingham Shout
Eytan Fox (Hebrew: איתן פוקס) (born on August 21, 1964) is an Israeli film director.
Fox was born in New York City and moved with his family to Israel when he was two. His father, Seymour Fox, was a Conservative rabbi and a leading professor of Jewish education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His mother, Sara Kaminker-Fox, was the head of the Jerusalem city council and involved in Jerusalem urban planning. Fox has two brothers, David and Danny. He grew up in Jerusalem, served in the army, and studied at Tel Aviv University’s School of Film and Television. He is openly gay and many of his films contain themes of homosexuality, as well as the effect the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has on interpersonal relationships.
Fox, who is openly gay, and his partner, Gal Uchovsky, have been together for over 18 years. They are also professional collaborators, Uchovsky, a writer and journalist, is involved in much of the scriptwriting for Fox’s movies. —Wikipedia
This is one of the most engaging romantic stories I've seen before, almost a perfect homage to Romeo and Juliet, this time between two men of different backgrounds. The way the political, the romantic, and the humorous come together is pretty fascinating, sort of similar in how I've seen it done in Pedro Almodovar's work. It's full of passion and humanity that I haven't seen in Hollywood much.