It begins with the 1948 massacre of Palestinians,so I was surprised that it wasn't political enough. As it's based on the autobiography of Rula Jubreal,who wrote the script,more could have been done to explore the conflict.
It didn't flow very well, all the shakey cameras just made me disorientated and although I wanted to...I couldn't care for the characters. It had a lot of potential and I don't think it is a bad film by any standard...just feel it missed out on something.
I think Schnabel is one of the greatest filmmakers of our day however this one is a bit choppy. I have to admire the content and approach. It does contain beautiful moments as would be expected from this director, but overall the episodic structure of the film hurts its' outcome. Still definitely worth watching and a solid b-side for Schnabel.
Reading the book first, and being a fan of Schnabel, I don't see any problems with this film. It's a gutsy piece of work, and high up there along with The Diving Bell & The Butterfly and Before Night Falls. The images aren't far from what I imagined they would be. Hiam Abbas, Alexander Siddig, & Yasmine Elmasri are superb in their roles.
A sympathetic portrayal of people caught up in war and how they react and deal with the consequences in different ways. Some fine performances ( Hiam Abbas, Alexander Siddiq, a memorable cameo by Willem Dafoe ) and an excellent soundtrack make this a thoroughly engaging experience. My favorite Schnabel film.
A wildly unfocused, incredibly biased, and worst, unconvincing look at the creation of Israel. Also, if a movies is called "Miral", then why did you make Miral only a passing character, Julian Schnabel?
For me it's enough that a filmmaker of this talent went to Israel and made a film that is this beautiful. Anyone who has ever visited knows that despite the political implications of the place just existing there can be an incredible aesthetic experience. I think Schnabel has done something good here, showing the beauty that exists in a place know for such different things.