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Private (2004)

 |  Drama, War  |  14 January 2005 (Italy)
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A Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Mohammad B. (as Mohammed Bakri)
Lior Miller ...
Commander Ofer
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Mariam B.
Tomer Russo ...
Private Eial
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Samiah B.
Marco Alsaying ...
Jamal B.
Sara Hamzeh ...
Sarah B.
Karem Emad Hassan Aly ...
Karem B.
Amir Hasayen ...
Amir B.
Niv Shafir ...
Private Dan
Sahar Lachmy ...
Private Ariel
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A Palestinian family with five children lives outside town, near Israeli settlements. Samia, the wife, wants to leave; so does one teen son. Mohammad, the patriarch, is adamant that he is staying. Two of his adolescent children want to fight. His is the passive aggression of non-violent witness. Israeli soldiers burst into the home, taking over the second floor. At night, the family is locked in the living room. We see the effects of the occupation on the children and on the marriage. Through the eyes of Miriam, the older daughter, we watch the soldiers from her hiding place. Jamal, the eldest son, sets a trap with a grenade. Characters call upon Allah. Chaos and death are close. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$2,903 (USA) (2 December 2005)

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$9,623 (USA) (2 December 2005)
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The movie was chosen by Italy to represent the nation for the Accademy Award best foreign movie. The Accademy refused the movie because was not performed in Italian. See more »

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Great Heartfelt movie
29 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on DVD and was fascinated by the screenplay and how the film was visualised. I could see the pain and horror the Palestinian family had to go through. Being occupied does eventually make you go insane and takes away from you any freedom you have and your left with nothing and you rather be dead than under occupation as the woman says in it. It was a moving piece only that it could have elaborated a bit more on the story. It would have been interesting to see what the Israeli army's story was in the film and exactly why the occupied the house. I recommend everyone to see this extraordinary movie. It's a film that really shows the political and personal effects upon individuals.


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