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Thirst (2004)
"Atash" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  28 April 2005 (Israel)
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A family of five, their two goats and donkey live in the middle of nowhere far from their village home. They earn meager living by producing & selling charcoal, made from the surrounding trees. The father and son are the only ones who ever return to their native village. The Mother & two daughters have not left this place since the day they abandoned home, 10 years ago. One day the father decides to provide running water for the family by illegally diverting water onto their land. The three women recoil from the idea but the teenage son obeys submissively anything to be allowed to continue attending school. The water surging through the pipe parallels the surging resentment the family feels towards the father. He brought them to this place against their will and they know the reason they left their home is also the reason they can never return, but the newly free-flowing water on their land re-awakens the instinctive desire for freedom they have been repressing all these years. Written by Avi Kleinberger

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2 September 2009 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Tawfik Abu Wael's harsh film 'Atash' tells the story of a frankly mad old man as he tyrannises his family in an attempt to sustain an untenable existence in the Palestinian desert. Other than this, there's not a lot to say about this film; there's nothing to offset the portrayal of suffering, and while it's certainly atmospheric, there's not much direct plot either: we're left to guess at the characters' motivations and histories, instead of having them spelt out. Normally I like this in a movie; but every film needs some sort of hook to draw the audience in. Lacking that, this bleak tale left me bored more than moved.


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