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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2011)

Une bouteille à la mer (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 4 January 2013 (USA)
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. ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Agathe Bonitzer ...
Tal Levine
Mahmud Shalaby ...
Naïm Al Fardjouki (as Mahmoud Shalabi)
Riff Cohen ...
Abraham Belaga ...
Eytan Levine
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Dan levine
Smadi Wolfman ...
Ahmed (as Salim Daw)
Loai Nofi ...
François Loriquet ...
Thomas Morin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jalal Masrwa ...
Max Olearchik ...


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 Anonymous

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4 January 2013 (USA)  »

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea  »

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€2,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,531 (USA) (4 January 2013)


$2,531 (USA) (4 January 2013)

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Don't ever change
20 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's the others who must.

During WW2,in an attic in Amsterdam,a teenage girl wrote her diary:she dedicated her pages to an imaginary friend called Kitty ;she was a Jew,like Tal,and her last lines were about those "others" .

After a Bombing, a Young girl from Jérusalem begins to write to an imaginary Palestinian;against all odds, the message in the bottle is not lost;unlike his pals ,a Young man decides to heed the call.

The first e-mails are aggressive ,full of the resentment that had been building up for years ;little by little,forgetting all that comes between them ,they realize what they share:fear ,longing for a peaceful life.Their world ,where some are right whereas the others are not wrong,has no room for friendship of a Gaza Man and an Anne Frank from Jérusalem .

A movie which uses no less than four languages ,but its real tongue is that of peace ,love and understanding;the final sequence will drive you to tears .I'm French ,I do hope they will meet in my country!

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