Tal is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. ...
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Tal is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. They must endure an explosive situation that is not of their choosing at an age where young people are falling in love and taking their place in adult life. A bottle thrown in the sea and a correspondence by email nurture the slender hope that their relationship might give them the strength to confront this harsh reality to grapple with it, and thereby ever so slightly change it. Only 60 miles separate them but how many bombings, check-points, sleepless nights and bloodstained days stand between them? Written by
Top Shelf Dramatic Take on the Latest Israeli Gaza Incursions
The majority of cinematic subject fare on this topic being documentary: Think 5 Broken Cameras, Where do Birds Fly?, Tears of Gaza? - all excellent in their own right, but extremely difficult, if necessary, to watch.
Films like this wonderful modern teen email love story in one of the most highly charged tension filled moral quandaries of our age are necessarily important as they humanize the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. You feel for the characters, you feel the suffocating grip of the Israeli "effective control" control over Gaza and the "collective punishment" dealt upon the population when rockets are launched at Israel.
Pretext is not presented, nor is it necessary. This is a much deeper narrative that attempts to touch on the eternal prospects of human relations, conflict resolution in the age of laser guided weaponry and most importantly, the ease with with love emerges in spite of, or precisely due to the lack of the specific historical and idealogical narratives that have driven this conflict for 60 years.
Omar, and now, Bottle, are refreshing and sublime. We get to know at least one family with a girl morally searching and a boy in Gaza who answers the message in a bottle that changes both their lives forever.
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