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Directors:
Writers:
Erez Tadmor (written by)
Guy Nattiv (written by)
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Release Date:
29 May 2008 (Israel) See more »
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Six days in the lives of an Israeli living in a kibbutz and a Palestinian living in Paris, which starts with an accidental meeting in the Berlin Subway during the World cup finals, will change them completely. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Love conquers all See more (1 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Liron Levo ... Eyal Goldman

Lubna Azabal ... Rana Sweid

Abdallah El Akal ... Rashid Sweid

Birol Ünel
Patrick Albenque ... Semi Jan
Dominique Lollia ... Samira Shalach

Clémence Thioly
Mila Dekker ... Simone
Stephane Pouillot
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Directed by
Guy Nattiv 
Erez Tadmor 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy Nattiv  written by
Erez Tadmor  written by

Produced by
Tami Leon .... producer
Chilik Michaeli .... producer
Shai Michaeli .... line producer
Avraham Pirchi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Eyal Leon Katzav  (as Eyal Kazav)
 
Cinematography by
Ram Shweky 
 
Film Editing by
Yuval Or 
 
Makeup Department
Nimrod Ashri .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sandra Epelbaum .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Ofir Ben Tzion .... dialogue editor
Israel David .... supervising sound editor
Tomer Eliav .... sound editor
Benjamin Falsimagne .... sound
Bruno Langiano .... foley artist
Matthieu Langlet .... sound engineer
Lee Zohar .... mixroom assistant
 
Special Effects by
Pini Klavir .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Fabiana Cardalda .... digital colorist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christine Halina Schramm .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Steve Sebban .... colorist
 
Other crew
Sara Thorn Pricker .... production assistant
Christine Halina Schramm .... production assistant
Noga Sela .... production assistant
Moran Shani .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Nurit Kedar .... special thanks
Gal Ziv .... special thanks
 

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80 min | Israel:85 min
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Dolby (RCA Sound System)
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Love conquers all, 25 September 2009
Author: jotix100 from New York

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

As the story begins we watch Eyal on board a plane bound for Berlin. After landing, he places a call to Carola, a friend, one assumes, or a girlfriend as he wants a place where to stay, but he gets no answer. He has come for the final game of the World Cup and there seems to be no hotel rooms available anywhere. Riding the underground, he is seated opposite a young woman who gets off before Eyal. As he is waiting in vain for Carola outside her building, a cell phone rings as Eyal realizes he has the wrong back pack. The call is from the young woman, Rana that was seated near him.

Thus begins this wonderful love story that brings together a man and a woman from such different backgrounds and ideologies, that appear to be doomed from the start. After all, he is an Israeli, and she is an Arab from Ramallah, now living in Paris. The lovers discover they have so much to give to each other in spite of the odds working against them. To make matters worse, Rana, doesn't want Eyal to follow her to Paris, where she lives, when she receives a mysterious phone call summoning her back home.

Eyal, who can't get Rana out of his mind, decides to go meet her in spite of her warnings. He finally catches up with her only to learn she is a single mother with an asthmatic child, fighting not to be deported from France. Rana's world comes clashing down because of her predicament after her son Rashid is taken to the hospital and has no one but Eyal to turn to. Recent events in Lebanon dictate that Eyal must go back to Israel to join the army, something that is dangerous. Eyal must make a tough decision, which really surprises the viewer!

This Israeli film directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv was an amazing discovery when it was shown on cable recently. The film presents a bittersweet situation that, for all practical purposes, seems far fetched. After all, Rana and Eyal come from such different backgrounds that their ever getting together, much less get to love one another, sounds almost impossible. This is an example of how the two lovers become entangled in ways no one could have expected in spite of the different worlds they came from.

The directors were lucky in finding Liron Levo and Lubna Azabal to appear in their film. Ms. Azabal, who was so good in "Paradise Now", is an amazing actress. Both Mr. Levo and Ms. Azabal have great chemistry together; their love seems real and the viewer's heart goes to them because of the terrible odds both will have to face in the real world. The couple must face an uncertain future in which bigotry and prejudice can interfere with the way they feel about each other.

Directors Tadmor and Nattiv deserve credit for this wonderful movie that ought to be seen by wider audiences as a hymn to tolerance and mutual respect.

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