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The Bubble (2006)

Ha-Buah (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 September 2007 (USA)
The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the ... See full summary »

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Noam
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Ashraf
Daniella Wircer ...
Lulu
Alon Friedman ...
Yali (as Alon Freidmann)
Zohar Liba ...
Golan
Tzion Baruch ...
Shaul (as Zion Baruch)
Oded Leopold ...
Sharon
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Rana, Ashraf's Sister
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Jihad (as Shredy Jabarin)
Yael Zafrir ...
Orna
Noa Barkai ...
Ella
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Chiki
Eliana Bakier ...
Dalfi (as Eliana Bekiyer)
Avital Barak ...
Dana
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Himself - Actor in "Bent"
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The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the rest of the country and the turmoil it's going through. The movie looks at young people's lives in Tel Aviv through the POVs of gays and straights, Jews and Arabs, men and women. It all begins when Noam, a young Israeli soldier, serves in the reserve forces and meets at a check point a Palestinian young man called Ashraf. Following an incident during which Noam misplaces his ID card at the check point, Ashraf shows up on the doorstep of the apartment that Noam shares with a gay man and a straight woman. How will the meeting affect all of their lives? Written by A.M.

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,882 (USA) (7 September 2007)

Gross:

$155,972 (USA) (14 December 2007)
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Bent by Martin Sherman ©1979 See more »

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Cynics always try to burst "the bubble"
17 June 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The reviewer who called this movie a bust has clearly missed the point. It's obvious he hasn't been young or innocent in a very long time, or he might have understood that the tragedy of it was that the well-meaning young characters actually thought they COULD make a difference by putting up posters and holding a rave for peace. If only it was that easy. But the cynics sit and sneer at people who earnestly try their best to make things better, as the situation gets worse and worse every single day. Well, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

The central theme is that revenge begets more revenge, which begets even more, in an ever-expanding bloodbath. Both sides will tell you tales of atrocities committed by the other side, which they think justify their committing even MORE in retaliation. Where does it end? And apparently he missed the significance of "the bubble" referred to in the name, which was that people living in Tel Aviv are strangely cut off from the ugly realities of what is going on all around them, which is partly why they seemed so naive. (He also seemed to think that Ashraf could slip through the checkpoints without a problem, which tells me he wasn't paying attention when Ashraf related the delays and problems he had encountered.)

I found it very brave of the director, the screenplay writer, and both star-crossed lovers, to update the Romeo & Juliet story to a modern troubled land, and to make both lovers male. Let's be honest here: Very few people would have a problem if one of them had been a female (young love wins all hearts) -- but when people's uneasiness with their sexuality is added to the fact that, incredibly, these same people would rather have them HATE each other, then the conclusion is inevitable.


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