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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 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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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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Comedy | Drama

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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

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Had Gadia
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a great parabol
22 May 2006 | by saoirse-4See all my reviews

Unlike some other people, I did find this movie to be a great one. Amos Gitaï show us the middle east complexity through three beautiful characters, one Israelian, one Palestinian and one American with Jewish extracts. Those three women are supposed to represent three "forces" who can play a part in the situation over there : Israel, Palestine and the "international community" represented by Natalie Portman's character Rebecca. Rebecca appears to be just a witness to what is happening. Although she tries to get involved and to ease the conflict down her efforts remain without effect. The movie shows as well that Israelians and Palestinians could talk to each other instead of getting at war. They have quite the same problems, they live on the same land, they are quite the same people, they have quite the same cultural background. but some have to forget about their fear and parano while the others need to stop fanatism growing within their ranks. Amos Gitaï wants to show us as well that Israelians should accept to talk to moderate Palestinians. It's the only way to move towards a better tomorrow otherwise fanatics will be their only opponents and there will be no possible dialogue. Some people here have not understood a thing in the movie. I read two main wrong critics. One was about the language used in the movie. It seemed disturbing for some people that the movie is not only in English. But truth is not everybody in the world speaks English ! In Israel, the official language is Hebrew. Palestinians speak Arabic. So it's normal that those three languages (with English) are used and spoken in the movie. Otherwise it would be just sci-fi or American fantasm ! The other thing is about Rebecca's crying at the beginning of the movie. She does not cry about her loss. She and we don't give a damn about this loss. As a near to be witness of the situation in the Middle East, she cries about that, about her uselessness, about the vicious circle which make good people killing each others. That's why as well she leaves running at the end of the movie because she can't help Israel and Palestine to get along. She can't understand their fighting. Thank you Mister Amos Gitaï.


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Language:

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Budget:

$1,234,567 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,618, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$32,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$427,083
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