Personal Affairs + Today They Took My Son

April 15, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State St
Chicago, IL 60601
Personal Affairs + Today They Took My Son @ Gene Siskel Film Center | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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)