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Private (2004)

A Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.


Saverio Costanzo
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Cast overview:
Mohammad Bakri ... Mohammad B. (as Mohammed Bakri)
Lior Miller ... Commander Ofer
Hend Ayoub ... Mariam B.
Tomer Russo ... Private Eial
Areen Omari ... Samiah B.
Marco Alsaying Marco Alsaying ... Jamal B.
Sara Hamzeh Sara Hamzeh ... Sarah B.
Karem Emad Hassan Aly Karem Emad Hassan Aly ... Karem B.
Amir Hasayen Amir Hasayen ... Amir B.
Niv Shafir Niv Shafir ... Private Dan
Sahar Lachmy Sahar Lachmy ... Private Ariel


A Palestinian family with five children lives outside town, near Israeli settlements. Samia, the wife, wants to leave; so does one teen son. Mohammad, the patriarch, is adamant that he is staying. Two of his adolescent children want to fight. His is the passive aggression of non-violent witness. Israeli soldiers burst into the home, taking over the second floor. At night, the family is locked in the living room. We see the effects of the occupation on the children and on the marriage. Through the eyes of Miriam, the older daughter, we watch the soldiers from her hiding place. Jamal, the eldest son, sets a trap with a grenade. Characters call upon Allah. Chaos and death are close. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the Israeli soldiers in the film leaves behind a paperback copy of "Blindness" by Jose Saramago in the Palestinian house they have occupied. See more »

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Pseydo, but real
28 January 2007 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Some might argue that this movie rides on the rise of the documentary movies. And while this movie is shot like one, it is very clear that it ain't a documentary. That leads to the question, how real the situations depicted in the movie are? While I can't tell you that, neither can anyone else talk about the situation, if he/she hasn't lived it.

Back to the "reality" of the movie. Although we know that actors play a written scenario, this movie feels more real to me than any reality show on TV (not that I watch them)! Having said that and not wanting to spoil to much of the story, I'll only say that I was impressed with the actors (although I don't think all were professionals).

Especially the guy who played the father. The story really grabbed me and I was amazed by little things. Things that in the western World you'd take for granted, but clearly they're not. At least not for everybody in this world ...

It's not a movie that'll "entertain" you in a funny way, but it might make you think about some things in a different light.

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Release Date:

14 January 2005 (Italy) See more »

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Domicilio privado See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,987, 20 November 2005

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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