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Film Review: Between Worlds

Film Review: Between Worlds

Israel’s Between Worlds is an intriguing film about an unexpected friendship between two women, one of whom uses a false identity. Director/ screenwriter Miya Hatav lets the audience in on the reason for the deception, which adds a note of tension throughout.

A young man named Ulli is taken to a Jerusalem hospital after being seriously injured during a stabbing attack. His religious mother Bina (Maya Gasner) goes to stay with him. It is the first time in quite a while that she has been with her son; Ulli became secular and broke contact with his family.

Bina meets a young woman named Amal (Maria Zreik), who says her comatose father is in a room down the hall. In actuality, Amal is Ulli’s girlfriend and a Palestinian. The “comatose father” is a stranger she picked at random.

The two women forge a bond that could be broken at any moment if Bina discovers Amal’s true reason for staying at the hospital. They also learn about empathy, acceptance, and the enduring nature of love.

Much of the film occurs in Ulli’s hospital room, which means its success rests on how completely the audience accepts the relationship between Bina and Amal. Gasner, who has credits in Israeli films (Anthem) and television (Blue Natalie), gives a fully grounded performance as Bina. Zreik, an award-winning actress who also just earned a law degree, does a beautiful job of showing the conflicts within Amal.

The cinematography (Ran Aviad) and music (Jonathan Bar-Giora) are both essential to establishing the mood of this film. Editing by Nisim Massas is thoughtful and helps to keep the audience invested in the story.

Between Worlds makes an eloquent appeal for tolerance by showing damage that can be caused from its lack.

Theme: Assumed Identities

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Film Appreciation: Europa Europa

Film Appreciation: Europa Europa

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Film Review: Still Tomorrow

Film Review: Still Tomorrow

Jian Fan’s documentary Still Tomorrow is an unpretentious, haunting film about poet Xiahua Yu. Like the poems written by Ms. Yu, this film never tries to win you over. It simply presents its case with such dignity that you surrender to it of your own accord. Yu came to national attention in 2015 when herContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: The Sessions

Film Appreciation: The Sessions

When Fox Searchlight Pictures released The Sessions in 2012, the studio went with taglines like “The festival hit of the year!” and “Based on the triumphant true story”. It is not hard to see why the studio took a low-key approach. The film’s story, how disabled writer Mark O’Brien hires a sex surrogate to helpContinue Reading

Films About Poets: List For Week Ending August 6, 2017

Films About Poets: List For Week Ending August 6, 2017

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