An Intimate Slice of Three Palestinian Personal Lives I love the way the camera is almost always in the right place at the right time, capturing the moment as it unfolds. I love the sudden yet smooth track insertion and the way it's woven into the scenes. I love the characters as people who are just getting through life, its hardships, and its bullshit while also taking the time to live enough to love living.
I like how the film dips in and out of its separate strands with statements about issues that feel everyday. Of course, specifically every day for this culture, but it's totally universal. It's nice to see that these are people who are just doing what they can to try to feel happy or fulfilled... or not numb.. you know. And that point after it all came to a head and they're just hanging and reflecting was wonderful.
The Hebrew title gets this film right: neither here nor there. Women trapped by the desire to live in a modern elsewhere while living within a retrograde society trapped within another, alien society. The characters are almost uniformly unlikable, which was a bold move on the part of the director. I'm not sure she did it on purpose.
The pervasive chain smoking makes the viewing experience painful. The idea that cigarette smoking = emancipation and freedom weakens an otherwise powerful narrative (see Adam Curtis' The Century of the Self, episode 1, Happiness Machines). At times In Between looks like an interminable Philip Morris commercial.
Perfect encapsulation of what life is like as a woman under the patriarchy. You are damned if you do, damned if you don't. Wherever you go, some man will have a problem with your body/mind/opinions/behavior/skills/education/sexuality/attitude...you name it. And these men will have no problem yelling at you, attacking you, doing anything to make you feel worthless. Some days are easier than others, but it is a grind.
Funny and tender depiction of Arab women in Tel Aviv, confronting racism from larger Israel society as well as repression from men and conservative women in their own communities, with the classic contrast of rebel and traditional newcomer. The themes are standard fair, but well acted and a refreshingly liberated alternative to the standard depiction of Arab women in the middle east.
A loving portrait of three women's journeys into liberation. The contrast between Tel Aviv, (a more liberal, progressive environment than most places in USA) and the Arab villages/families that the three women come from is stark and life-changing. Not the picture that many who have never lived in Tel Aviv might have of Arab life there. / / Produced by Shlomi Elkabetz and dedicated to Ronit Elkabetz (1964-2016).