The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Ultimately, in a film that highlights the physical barriers - walls, roadblocks, armed guards - that keep Palestinians where the Israelis want them, the film's biggest barrier is the one Jacir erects between Soraya and the viewer.
A sad and engrossing look at a haunted landscape.
[An] impassioned, but wearisomely didactic, diaspora drama.
Soraya's rebellious bursts of rage come off more like the tantrums of a spoiled princess than the legitimate anger of an emerging activist.
This is not a movie with much use for nuance. This is a movie with something to say -- and it says it. Over, and over and over again.
Too much of the same thing torpedoes this potent essay on human rights in Israeli occupied Palestine.
Because of her rootlessness, Soraya becomes sympathetic even though she flirts with disaster at every turn.
Follows the passionate journey of a Palestinian American determined to return to her obliterated ancestral roots. And defiantly claim her own nonexistent right to the law of return limited only to all Jews around the world wishing to resettle in Israel.
Avoids didacticism by convincingly creating romantic characters whose youthful naiveté is worth rooting for, even as their brief escape into optimism is sadly defeated.
A sad and poignant drama about a new generation of Palestinians trying to make their own way in their shackled world of loss, persecution, and anger.
Just as the film finds its graceful footing, it succumbs again to heavy-handedness.
May not change opinions but this pro-Palestinian film brings to life several abstractions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"Salt of This Sea" starts with Israeli customs officials more than thoroughly questioning and searching Soraya(Suheir Hammad) due to her Palestinian heritage and intent to visit her friend Corinne(Sylvie Wetz) in Ramallah. Eventually they let her through but might not have even let her into the country if they had known her intent to exercise her personal Right to Return and stay permanently while failing to reclaim some of her late grandfather's money. Wanting to go in the opposite direction is Marwan(Riyad Ideis), a wannabe filmmaker, and Emad(Saleh Bakri) who has a scholarship to a university in Candada, only needing a visa to ensure he never has to look at another soldier again.
To be fair, "Salt of This Sea" can be rather rough and pedantic at times. Actually, I was afraid the movie was never going to get around to properly developing its plot. But then once it does with a doozy of a plot twist, the movie gets significantly better as the contentiousness of a possible confrontation turns into suspense in this movie that is concerned greatly with movement and its lack of. Just underneath the surface is a lot of history and tension which Soraya encounters for the first time. At the same time, the movie does not let the Palestinian leadership off the hook, holding it at least partially responsible for the fate of its people.
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