In 1948, Hind Husseini transforms her father’s home into an orphanage and school for Palestinian children. Much later, a teenager named Miral, who has grown up immersed in the institute’s peaceful ways, goes to a refugee camp as a teacher. There she falls in love with a zealous political activist.
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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.
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.
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.
Hervorragend in Szene gesetzt, behandelt der Film die Tragik des Nahostkonflikts am Beispiel der jungen Miral. Der Film ist ein Muss für jede und jeden, die sich für die Wurzeln des Konflikts zwischen Israelis und Palästinensern interessieren.