Tiff 2013: Bethlehem Review

In Dante’s Inferno, the lowest circle of hell is reserved for betrayers. Judas, Brutus, and Cassius get to spend eternity being masticated by Satan. As to why Dante made betrayers lower than the low, he saw it as a betrayal of God. However, I also like to read it as liars undermining the foundation of human society. Betrayal is the greatest sin, but in Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem, it’s a misdemeanor. The story is filled with characters backstabbing each other, but none of it carries weight because there’s almost no character development. There’s barely enough to provide any emotion to the conflict between the main characters. For a movie where betrayal is the thematic foundation, Adler may as well be building on sand. The Israeli Secret Service has informants working in Bethlehem in order to monitor the activities of the various terrorist factions. Sanfur (Shhadi Maryee
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