How well do we know our loved ones, their true beliefs and feelings and what they're really capable of doing? Doueiri poses these questions and more in this captivating take on a suicide bomber story. A smart script adaptation that doesn't take sides but airs the feelings, concerns and beliefs of both those tolerant and not. The futility of the long term situation is well experienced raising questions not answers.
You get either Palestinian or Israeli films. There have also been Arab-Israeli films. What's been conspicuously lacking thus far is a film that covers Arab-Israeli, Palestinian, and Jewish Israeli perspectives. "The Attack" is accomplished and gives no easy answers. It has pissed off Arabs and Jews alike, which goes to show it's got something right. At its core a moving existential drama more than a political thesis.
This film covers a perspective that is could otherwise be ignored in the aftermath of a suicide attack in addition to showing the cyclical nature of the conflict. Ali Suliman does a great job of carrying this film with his great performance as this film was gorgeously shot and constructed.