MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 25,717 this week

Lemon Tree (2008)
"Etz Limon" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  27 March 2008 (Israel)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 4,357 users   Metascore: 74/100
Reviews: 34 user | 84 critic | 16 from Metacritic.com

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 24 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 37 titles
created 14 Oct 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 11 Mar 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Lemon Tree" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lemon Tree (2008)

Lemon Tree (2008) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lemon Tree.
6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Incendies (2010)
Drama | Mystery | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

Director: Fatih Akin
Stars: Baki Davrak, Gürsoy Gemec, Gengiz Daner
Babel (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård
A Separation (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat
Biutiful (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Stars: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron
The Hunt (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
An Education (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina
A Single Man (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director: Tom Ford
Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The film reflects the pessimistic mood of the immediate post Gulf War era. It adapts a sad short story by the poet and former Arab League ambassador Ibrahim Shokrallah and intercuts it with... See full summary »

Director: Viola Shafik
Stars: Ali Bahzan, Azza Kamel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Salma Zidane
Rona Lipaz-Michael ...
Mira Navon
...
Ziad Daud
Doron Tavory ...
Defense Minister Israel Navon
...
Abu Hussam (as Tarik Copti)
Amos Lavi ...
Commander Jacob (as Amos Lavie)
Amnon Wolf ...
Leibowitz
...
Gilad
Smadar Jaaron ...
Tamar Gera (as Smadar Yaaron)
Danny Leshman ...
Private Itamar 'Quickie'
Ayelet Robinson ...
Shelly
Amos Tamam ...
Simon Hasson
Loai Nofi ...
Nasser Zidane (as Loai Noufi)
...
Sigi Navon
...
Abu Kamal (as Makram J. Khoury)
Edit

Storyline

Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank's occupied territory. The Israeli defense minister and his wife move next door; the Secret Service orders the trees removed for security. The stoic Salma seeks assistance from the Palestinian Authority (useless), Israeli army (dismissive), and a young attorney, Ziad Daud, who takes the case; this older client attracts him. While the courts deliberate, the Israelis fence her trees and prohibit her from entering the grove. As the trees wither, the defense minister's wife and, separately, an Israeli journalist, look on Salma with sympathy. In this allegory, does David stand a chance against Goliath? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

27 March 2008 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Citronlunden  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,602 (USA) (17 April 2009)

Gross:

$566,052 (USA) (7 August 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Title Card: [last title card]
[after the end credits]
Title Card: Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the end credits are over, the theme song's chorus "Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat" is shown on screen. See more »

Connections

References Yair Lapid (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Lemon Tree
By Will Holt (as William Willy Holt)
Fur Deutschland, Osterreich, Schweiz
Musik-ed. Europaton/Ebony MV/
Essex Music (T6JMusicService)/Bosworth Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Sensitive Inside View of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
7 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

LEMON TREE (ETZ LIMON) is a film of quiet power, the kind of film that does not find it necessary to expose the audience to violence and conflagrations to make its point, but instead relies on the power of human reactions to carry the very heartfelt punch. Written by Suha Arraf and Eran Riklis (who also directs) the story is a deceptively simple one. The setting is the West Bank. On the Palestinian side of the border lives the widow Salma Zidane (the enormously gifted actress Hiam Abbass remembered best by American audiences for her luminous portrayal of the mother in THE VISITOR) who continues to tend her family's lemon grove alone, barely making enough money to support herself. Abruptly, on the Israeli side of the border, the government builds a house for the Israeli Defense Minister Israel Navon (Doron Tavory) and his beautiful and wisely sensitive wife Mira Navon (Rona Lipaz-Michael). Strange neighbors, these, more under the influence of the Israeli Secret Police who are assigned to guard the Minister than sensitive to the basic kindness of human decency. The Secret Service decides the lemon grove must be cut down to guard against possible terrorist access to the Minister, a declaration that sets off Salma's fear of losing her land and income. Salma seeks the help of young lawyer Zaid Daud (Ali Suliman) who bonds with her emotionally and legally and together they fight all the way to the Supreme Court to save the lemon trees. Fences are built, soldiers abuse the privacy of Salma, and the increased publicity in the media divides not only the peoples on both sides of the border but also the Navons: Mira empathizes with Salma, champions her rights, and though the two women never meet, the bond between them transcends the ages long hostilities between the Arabs and the Israelis. The result of the interpersonal conflict between the Navons and Salma is buried by the expected governmental insensitivity and the film ends with some sad surprises.

The cast of this film, including the minor roles that draw focus for only moments but in a memorable manner, is uniformly exceptional. Hiam Abbass is rapidly becoming one of the most impressive actresses on the screen today: she says more with her eyes and her body language than pages of dialogue could attempt. The surprises come from the other members of the quartet of actors that lead this story, so impressive are their portrayals that the entire question of the West Bank conflict seems understandable...and remedial! Based on a true story, this is an excellent film on many levels. In Hebrew, Arabic, English and French with subtitles.

Grady Harp


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Could this film be more overblown dramatic and one sided ? naheis
'lemon tree' song cover torino168
Question about Defense Minister Cobraaaaaaaaaa
a group of lemon trees chrislyons12
beautiful ali__
Defense Minister's Wife muge-1
Discuss Lemon Tree (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?