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Zaytoun (2012)

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Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.

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Cast

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Fahed
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Leclair
Loai Nofi ...
Aboudi (as Loai Noufi)
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Seedo (as Tarik Copti)
Jony Arbid ...
Abu Fahed (as Joni Arbid)
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Im Ahmed
Eitan Londner ...
Ilan
Morad Hassan ...
Rami (as Morad Hasan)
Ashraf Farah ...
Khalid
Nidal Badarneh ...
Mustafa (as Nidal Badarni)
Adham Abu Aqel ...
Ahmed
Osamah Khoury ...
Hassan
Michel Khoury ...
Ali (as Michil Khoury)
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Syrian Officer
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Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.

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20 September 2013 (USA)  »

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Le'hishaer ba'hayim  »

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$4,100 (USA) (20 September 2013)

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$42,286 (USA) (15 November 2013)
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While not explicitly stated in the film, the word "zaytoun" is Arabic for "olive", and refers to the tree that Fahed carries. See more »

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Zaytoun
Written and arranged by Peter Liddle
Performed by Dry the River
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd/RCA Victor
Published by Transgressive Publishing Ltd. administered by Warner/Chappell Limited
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Observing an enemy from very close will give a different outlook.
8 January 2014 | by (Somewhere) – See all my reviews

Well intended small storied movie with backdrop of war between Israel and Lebanon. Well cast and shot in exotic places. From the Hollywood actor of 'Brake' fame and the director of 'Lemon Tree' joined hands together for this project. A couple of years ago I saw 'Lemon Tree', this director is really a master rendering movies with complicated theme. From characters to concept and emotions it was well balanced. The second half is what gives more depth in human emotions than the conflict between two people. Definitely it is not a masterpiece, but where it takes place and what it deals were much reasonable to praise.

It is set in 1982 in war torn Lebanon. An Israeli pilot Yoni, who crash land in Beirut is taken captive by Palestine Liberation Organization. There he meets a 12 year old boy Fahed whose father was recently killed in an Israeli air strike. He knows that he's not him, but the boy raged with full of anger to take revenge. For the reason he must give up it and should cope with the prisoner to fulfil his father's wish. So they make a deal before teaming up and try to escape from there. The rest of the story is a journey that happens on the road to their freedom.

The title represents an olive plant that carried all the time by the boy in the movie. As it an Arabic title of an Israeli movie, various languages spoken throughout. For me everything was just same because I was depended on a subtitle. The movie won my heart for the reason that the main two characters considered as enemies to each other, but the time being they begin to understand. Theirs journey on a dangerous path against all the human created boundary was really touched me. Better than I expected, kinda partially rare movie should be recognised in vastly.


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