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Free Zone (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 April 2006 (USA)
Two women embark on a road trip after they are brought together by circumstance. Rebecca (Portman) flees her hotel after a fight with her mother-in-law (Maura) and hails a taxi driven by Hanna (Lazlo).

Director:

Amos Gitai

Writers:

Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme (as Marie José Sanselme)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Natalie Portman ... Rebecca
Hana Laslo ... Hanna Ben Moshe (as Hanna Laslo)
Hiam Abbass ... Leila
Carmen Maura ... Mrs. Breitberg
Makram Khoury ... Samir aka "The American"
Aki Avni ... Julio
Uri Klauzner ... Moshe Ben Moshe
Liron Levo ... Border Security
Tomer Russo ... Border Security
Adnan Tarabshi Adnan Tarabshi ... Petrol Station Owner
Shredi Jabarin ... Walid (as Shredy Gabarin)
Kobi Lieber Kobi Lieber ... Radio Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Rebecca, a young American lady who has been living in Jerusalem for a while, suddenly breaks off her engagement with Julio, her Israeli fiancé. In a state of emotional shock she gets into a taxi and asks the diver to take her anywhere she likes but away from the place where she broke up. Although reluctant, Hanna, the driver lets her accompany her to Jordan's Free Zone where she is to meet "The American", her husband Moshe's Palestinian business partner. Once there, they realize "The American" is not there but a Palestinian woman named Leila offers them, after much bickering with Hanna, to take them to the oasis where "The American" lives... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Israel | Belgium | France | Spain

Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serbest bölge See more »

Filming Locations:

Free Zone, Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,234,567 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,618, 9 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,381, 30 July 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,382, 9 July 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A crowd of ultra-orthodox Jewish worshippers confronted Natalie Portman and her co-star Aki Avni, objecting to the couple kissing during the filming of a scene beside Jerusalem's Western Wall. The crowd charged and shouted "Immoral, immoral!" Police asked the actors to leave and return later, and they agreed. See more »

Goofs

When the vehicle is just approaching the border crossing near the end of the film (1:23:00 on the DVD) we can see the silhouette of someone wearing a baseball cap moving about in the back of the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rebecca: [after prolonged sitting in car crying] Can we go? Can we leave this place? Please.
Hanna: Where to?
Rebecca: I don't know. Let's get out of here, please.
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Connections

Referenced in The Syrian Bride: Interview with Hiam Abbass (2005) See more »

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Had Gadia
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Great Acting, Awful Screenplay
2 April 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The confused American Rebecca (Natalie Portman) has left USA to live in Jordan. After breaking her engagement with her Israeli boyfriend, she asks the Israeli taxi driver Hanna (Hana Lazlo) to take her anywhere but the place where she is. Hanna tells her that she needs to go Jordan's Free Zone, a place surrounded by Syria, Iraq and South Arabia, to receive US$ 30,000.00 that the Palestinian partner of her husband called "The American" owes to him. When they arrive in the location, they do not find the "The American" but a Palestinian woman called Leila (Hiam Abbass). Hanna forces Leila to take her to meet "The American" in his Oasis, but when they arrive there, she is informed that his son has burnt the place, stolen the money and crossed the border.

"Free Zone" is a movie with great acting leaded by the adorable Natalie Portman, Hana Lazlo and Hiam Abbass. The road trip through the locations in Jordan and the soundtrack are other attractions. However, the screenplay is simply awful. Following the "Dogma 95" style, with a free handy cam, no lighting, many improvisation etc., the director and writer Amos Gitai makes a confused and inconclusive story with one of the worst opening scene I have ever seen, with Natalie Portman crying without explanation and a boring song for almost ten minutes. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Free Zone"


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