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

 |  Drama  |  27 March 2008 (Israel)
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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.

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Salma Zidane
Rona Lipaz-Michael ...
Mira Navon
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Ziad Daud
Doron Tavory ...
Defense Minister Israel Navon
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Abu Hussam (as Tarik Copti)
Amos Lavi ...
Commander Jacob (as Amos Lavie)
Amnon Wolf ...
Leibowitz
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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)
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Sigi Navon
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Abu Kamal (as Makram J. Khoury)
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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>

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

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$566,052 (USA) (7 August 2009)
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Title Card: [last title card]
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Title Card: Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
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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 »

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Lemon Tree
By Will Holt (as William Willy Holt)
Fur Deutschland, Osterreich, Schweiz
Musik-ed. Europaton/Ebony MV/
Essex Music (T6JMusicService)/Bosworth Music
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Heart-Rending
7 December 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Heart-rending. A nuanced film about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

I don't pretend to know a lot about this conflict, but I felt this film had much to say. The characters and the inner conflicts they feel are very well brought out.

There is a lot of strength and feeling in this movie. Neither side is presented as being perfect and having all the 'right' solutions.

The film is slow moving and very thoughtful and I appreciate that when I compare it to the histrionics in most films today. There is also a complexity in the characters and story. The scenes shown of Israel and the Palestinian camps, the check-points, the wall.. are most informative.


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