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2016, Maysaloun Hamoud, Israel/France, 96 min.
With Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura
Three disparate young Palestinian women thrown together as roommates find strength in numbers when society, family, and male partners attempt to impose their will in this sprightly millennial drama that suggests parallels with “Sex in the City” and “Girls.” Laila, lawyer by day, liberated party girl by night; Salma, counterculture DJ with a lesbian lover she hides from her Christian family; and newcomer Nour, a studious hijab-wearing Muslim with a sternly devout fiancé, clash over the cultural details but bond as sisters when the chips are down and men fall into the trap of presuming to make the rules. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
*This film has graphic sexual content and a depiction of sexual assault. This film is not suitable for younger viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
Preceded by SHISHBARAK (2016, Bayan Dahdah, Quatar, 10 min); Aya has promised to cook an Arabic dish for her western boyfriend, who is coming over later that evening. She resorts to getting out her late mother’s cookbook, with whom she had a terrible relationship. Can her mother’s simple recipe help heal the wounds in Aya’s heart? In Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)