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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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Etz Limon  »

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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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By Jonathan Riklis
© JRikus Music
Performed by Jonathan Riklis - Piano
Lior Petershtein - Tenor Saxsophone
Amir Sadat - Bass
Eran Fink - Drums
Recorded live at the Avihai Hall in Jerusalem
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Terrific parable scrupulously avoids the polemic but is just satisfactory as entertainment
23 December 2012 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

First of all, Hiam Abbass (The Visitor, Amreeka) once more demonstrates how she can portray reactions to heartbreaking with dignity and resilience. She is a truly amazing actress. Based on an amalgam of true incidents, the Lemon Tree serves from beginning to end as a parable for what we all hope and what most of u (but not all) believe to be the majority of well-meaning human beings on both sides. Personally, they mean no harm; they wish that the violence would go away and that they could live their lives as "good neighbors" in the words of Defense Minister's wife Mira Navon (hauntingly portrayed by Rona Lipaz-Michal). However, the courage to stand up to one's own peoples to cross the borders is rare. Even when summoned, it is squashed quickly by well- meaning people afraid of the consequences. The movie remains true to itself and its characters throughout. There are few callous stereotypes to be found here. Yet, in the words of The Temptation in Ball of Confusion (NOT part of this wonderful soundtrack), "the band plays on." Relentlessly.

The story is an almost perfect parable for the heart of the entire situation. As a movie, however, I found 30 minutes of it too repetitive, just underscoring again and again the mindless yet entrenched obstacles. As an even-handed political dissertation, such defenses should earn any PhD candidate her or his "A". As entertainment, however, it hurts the pacing enough that one watching on DVD needs to splash cold water on one's face to make it all the way to the end. Please do so, however, because the ending is magnificent.

Worth seeing, just a bit slow in patches.


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