Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. Back and forth in time, and through the eyes of various characters, the ensemble piece Ajami reveals how impossible the situation actually is, with fear and love crossing all barriers.
Seven years in the making, Ajami brings the style of City of God and Gomorrah to the Holy Land, creating an explosive crime saga. A prize-winning selection at Cannes and an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film alongside The White Ribbon, A Prophet, and The Secret in Their Eyes.
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.