1964, a village in Galilee. The Mukhtar collaborates with Israeli military rule. Someone is forging work permits, and the Mukhtar's son and a steady metalsmith, Mahmud, want to marry the ... See full summary »
1964, a village in Galilee. The Mukhtar collaborates with Israeli military rule. Someone is forging work permits, and the Mukhtar's son and a steady metalsmith, Mahmud, want to marry the same woman. These story lines cross when the village teacher is arrested and jailed for the forgeries, with the Mukhtar's approval. Mahmoud discovers who the real forger is and goes to the Mukhtar, whose son assumes Mahmud has come to denounce him. He sets off to burn down Mahmoud's house; tragedy follows. At Mahmud's side through his troubles is Mabruq, the village fool who, like others, particularly a young woman named Jamilah, still suffers from witnessing horrors in the 1948 war. Written by
I saw "the milky way" with an inner conflict, but at the end of this film I understand the deepest point of the story: the origins of everything is outside our will. Every event occur because of the "milky way". Even the stronger persons (the Israeli commander or the leader of the village) are taken by the forces of the fate. You can understand the love, justice, and politics only if you understand this principal rule. And because this fatalism - the movie is very sad. All the figures in the film are suffered. It's a mix of love, politic, national, familiar, and individual tragedies. Of course: it's very obvious that the film was made only by Arabs, but the end of the film show that the real problem is the impotent of all to be out of this fate.
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