The Attack

August 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Posted in 2013 | Leave a comment
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◊ ◊ ◊ ½

This film by a little known Arab director (Ziad Doueiri) and a cast of actors virtually unknown outside of the Middle East, is unlikely to get much attention in the U.S.   That’s too bad because it takes an interesting a complex look at a very complicated problem.   An established and well respected Palestinian doctor working in a Jewish hospital, Amim (Ali Suliman) is on duty one day when a terrorist bomb goes off in Tel Aviv.  The bodies are brought in and he does his best to save them but the death toll is 17, 11 of them children.  Hours later he is asked to identify the body of his wife, Siham (Reymond Amsalem), and things quickly start to fall apart.  The police accuse her of being the suicide bomber and the film follows Ali’s story as he attempts to understand who his wife was and what happened to her. The narrative is tightly written and moves along at a steady pace. I felt that it could have ratcheted up the tension a bit in parts but this is a minor complaint.  Suliman is the best know of these actors, having been in American films, such as “Body of Lies” and “The Kingdom.”  He is the center of this film and pulls of a strong and nuanced performance.  The story, base on a novel by Yasmina Khadra, provides no easy answers and has no clear good guys or bad guys.  Instead, it presents a world where dogmas and prejudice seem to rule all and where no relief is coming any time soon.

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