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2016, Maha Haj, Palestine, 90 min.
With Maisa Abd Elhadi, Ziad Bakri
Gently humorous and cleverly absurd, this sneaky little comedy-drama couches an undercurrent of political commentary in its whimsical set pieces staged in Palestine, Israel, and Sweden, and in family setups that are both realistic and slow-burning funny. Elderly marrieds Nabeela and Saleh communicate only through inflicting petty annoyances on each other, while their widely scattered adult children—pregnant Samar, commitment-phobic Tarek, and Swedish immigrant Hisham–deal with the baffling contradictions of their world with ingenuity, including a lovely tango duet in an Israeli holding cell. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Preceded by TODAY THEY TOOK MY SON (2016, Pierre Dawalibi, Lebanon/UAE, 7 min); a thrown stone shatters a family’s unity. In Arabic and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)