The More the World Changes, the More the Middle East Remains the Same
7.75 of 10. Insightful film into why the Middle East is structured as it is. Based on the true story of Gertrude Bell, it brings history to life, even though it could have used a replacement for Nicole Kidman playing Gertrude as a young woman. Nevertheless, Nicole and makeup and post-production smoothing actually makes her look much younger than you'd expect and it doesn't detract from the film as a whole.
Set while the UK was still the empire of the world before and during World War 1, it's not a war film. It gives a look beyond the religions into the cultures and ways of the region. It also shows a rarity at the time in a woman explorer and writer having a great deal of impact on the politics of the region.
Surprisingly relevant to today's ongoing conflicts in the Middle East in addition to the underlying animosity and lack of respect for Germany in Europe that may have provided part of the source for World War 2 and Germany's animosity for the people of the region.
The other surprising element is the exploration of how people entertained themselves and communicated in the early 1900s. It's a world without phones, radio, TV, computers, and the Internet.
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