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Not Rated | | Drama | 27 March 2008 (Israel)
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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Rona Lipaz-Michael ...
Mira Navon
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Doron Tavory ...
Defense Minister Israel Navon
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Abu Hussam (as Tarik Copti)
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Commander Jacob (as Amos Lavie)
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Leibowitz
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Gilad
Smadar Jaaron ...
Tamar Gera (as Smadar Yaaron)
Danny Leshman ...
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Ayelet Robinson ...
Shelly
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Simon Hasson
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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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An analogy on the Gaza strip wall.

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Lemon Tree  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,602, 19 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$566,052, 9 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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References Yair Lapid (2000) See more »

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Everything Is Open
Written by Naomi Shemer
Performed by Einat Saruf, The Minister of Defense and all the party guests
Arranged by Tamir Harpaz
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Like Eran's Syrian Bride, The People behind the Conflict
25 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Very Realistic or close to Reality with Emphasis on People involved. Salma played by Hiam Abbass, a widow who lives on her dead Fathers Lemon Grove. An Israeli Defence Minister comes to live opposite Grove. Based on real story with Minister Shaul Mofaz. This causes a security problem. Showing "Fence" which is mostly a Wall. The Ministers Wife identifies with Salma. This is very much like Israel 2008. Similar to "Syrian Bride" Riklis set's up the Realistic Story and how it effects on People caught in to the situation. Hiam is Marvelous and other actors in the cast too. 9 out of 10 Sam's Rating. An enjoyable DocuDrama.


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