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Centers on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in a international maelstrom when as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
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 Nessa Stein (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Atika Halabi (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Rachel Stein (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Ephra Stein (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Dame Julia Walsh (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Monica Chatwin (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Shlomo Zahary (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Max Boorman (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Frances Pirsig (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Anjelica Hayden-Hoyle (6 episodes, 2014)
Paul Herzberg ...
 Daniel Borgoraz (6 episodes, 2014)
Nicole Lopes ...
 Mazel Stein (5 episodes, 2014)
Reeve Fletcher ...
 Hannah Stein (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Magdi Muraji (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Saleh Al-Zahid (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Judah Ben-Shahar (4 episodes, 2014)
Ingrid Benussi ...
 Frances Pirsig No. 2 (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Nathaniel Bloom (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Jalal El-Amin (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Kasim Halabi (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Caleb Schwako (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Zahid Al-Zahid (3 episodes, 2014)
Jacob Krichefski ...
 Yaniv Levi (3 episodes, 2014)
Justin Shevlin ...
 Tom Crace (2 episodes, 2014)
Lois Ellington ...
 Young Nessa / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Aidan Stephenson ...
 Eli Stein (2 episodes, 2014)
Rupert Frazer ...
 Commander Garrett (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Nurse Marlene Dalloway (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Aron Yavin (2 episodes, 2014)
Atticus Blick ...
 Israeli Soldier (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Listening Room Man (2 episodes, 2014)
Ben Smith ...
 Michael Gatz (2 episodes, 2014)
Aymen Hamdouchi ...
 Muhammad Ibn Saeed (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Brigadier General Harlan Berkoff (2 episodes, 2014)
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Centers on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in a international maelstrom when as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal has stated she deliberately wishes to keep her own political opinions on the area private for fear it will bias how people view the series. See more »

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Complex, smart, challenging and beautifully made on all fronts
16 January 2015 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Stunning, beautifully made 8 hour mini-series that attempts to humanize a situation as impossibly knotty as the middle east, and against all odds, succeeds. The biggest triumph here is by writer/director/producer Hugo Blick, who creates an amazingly dense and cinematic landscape of characters and tragedies.

Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a tremendously wealthy Israeli determined to use her wealth and influence to try and bring together Israelis and Palestinians. Her father – assassinated before her eyes as a child – was an arms merchant amassing a huge fortune, but at a human cost Nessa finds hard to live with. Now, as an adult, along with her brother, she plans to bring the high-speed internet to the Palestinian areas of Israel to help jump start their economy and self-sufficiency.

But, understandably this plan raises hackles and suspicions on both sides and before you know it Nessa's brother's Palestinian housekeeper (and Nessa's friend) has her son kidnapped. Thus begins a complicated, tense, tremendously intelligent and demanding trip down a rabbit hole of lies, secrets, hidden histories, violence, spies and counter-spies and the sadness of watching your ideals hacked to pieces by all those around you.

The series deserves credit for many things, among which is managing not to take sides, but to examine the madness on all sides of living in perpetual war.

The acting is tremendous. Maggie Gyllenhaal cements her position as one of our finest and most versatile actresses. Her Nessa is an admirable if deeply flawed woman. Gyllenhaal deftly melds all the character's sides; absurdly smart, brave, afraid, powerful, hidden, foolish, naive -- into a great tragic heroine. Stephen Rea is endlessly fascinating as a very smart UK spy attempting to uncover the many hidden truths. Quiet yet immensely powerful, watching Rea's Sir Hayden-Hoyle interrogate and manipulate those he interviews is a master class in loaded understatement in performance.

But the whole cast is absolutely first rate; the brilliant and under-appreciated Janet McTeer as Rea's boss, Andrew Buchan as Nessa's brother, Lubna Azbal as the mother of the kidnapped boy, etc.

Just as wonderful is the cinematography, editing and music, combing to create a show that feels stylistically far more like a top flight auteur film than TV. This is challenging, complicated stuff. You will inevitably get lost at times. But have faith Blick and crew will bring you back around if you pay attention. And you'll want to. I greedily watched the 8 hours in 2 days.

This also lead me to watch Blick's previous BBC mini-series "The Shadow Line" -- a tale of police corruption and drug dealing that's almost a complicated and great as "Honorable Woman". If you responded strongly to this, you should check out that earlier work as well.


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