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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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Domicilio privado  »

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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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28 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Today the 3rd Amendment to our Constitution appears to be a forgotten artifact of the Founding Era, for it forbids a practice that no longer troubles Americans - the quartering of soldiers in private homes. This was a big problem until the Revolution. This film demonstrates the practice in the Israli-Palestinian conflict as Israeli soldiers take over a Palestinian families home.

The father, Mohammed, struggles to keep his family from harm while he tries to maintain a sense of dignity in the face of this insult. Mohammed Bakri turns in a great performance in this film.

The most interesting aspects of the film are the different affects on the young children, and the depiction of some of the difficulties soldiers face in carrying out orders.

Well worth your time to see another aspect of war.


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