Cast: Julien Schnabel. Cast: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave. 112 min. Rated R. France/Israel/Italy/India. Drama/History.
From the very beginning, Schnabel makes it clear: the movie is anti-Israeli/anti-Zionist. Or is it? Showing the Palestinians' plight through most of the film's length will make both pro-Palestinians and pro-Israelis angry (for empathy from the former, and condemnation of the latter). But towards the end, a Jewish girl asks a Muslim girl: Can't we live together? Instead of a two-state solution, how about a more modern one-state solution, you and me living in peace? The first olive branch is coming from the Israeli side, which makes me frown why Schnabel was fiercely attacked for the film. Pinto shines again.