I found this a real surprise treat. Despite the improbability of some of the coincidences I was thoroughly drawn in and thought it tackled some of the complexities of the conflicts well. The acting was strong and credible and the non-linear editing added to my enjoyment.
A superb cast and production!
An intensely human and complex mystery, as intricate and cruel as real life; A docu-drama's window view into a place of special pain; God the compassionate and God the merciless !!!! full of mercy. Amid the stones and dust of Palestine, tenderness and self-sacrificial love flourishes, Amen !
"There’s no prescription for coexistence amid the fateful swirl of passion, cruelty and violence in Ajami. For Copti, Shani and the rest of us, though, the fact that a bunch of Jews and Arabs got together to make this powerful film has to mean something." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
Very interesting film showing a reality of a milenal and ridicolous war. Nice shot, nice edition in a very interesenting story mix. You can see it´s coral, and has of bit of Crash, Amores Perros, whatever, but I think it has its own mark. Long life to deep films!
This Scorsese-ish depiction of Ajami makes the place seem much worse than it is. I used to teach at an elementary school there, it is a pretty lovely neighborhood on the beach, far from the hotels and commercial tourism of downtown. It is a lot mellower than NYC. I guess there is a lot of crime, but I consider the easy access to drugs to be a plus. I never even heard of anyone getting shot! It's a nice area.3.7 stars
***1/2 Realist Scorsese - type movie with Arabs, Palestinians, Israelians, Arab-Israelians, Christians and Bedouins. The force (or the weakness) of the film is not to identify the Bad Guys. Recommended.
This film has left me speechless. I found it moving and complex, and I think the ending is a call for people to become aware, "open their eyes", to the everyday human tragedies that unfold as a result of religious and political hatred. Many characters in the film are at once victims and victimizers, and black and whites melt into grey zones of indeterminacy.