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Be Quiet (2005)

A simple car trip is beset by politically charged tension and a militarized reality.


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Credited cast:
Mahmud Abu-Jazi ... Mahmmood
Alaa Aghbariya ... Ibrahim
... Israeli soldier


On the surface, what could be simpler? A man and his son, who's about 11 or 12, drive home, stopping along the way so dad can check the water pipes on their plot of farm land. The boy has to pee, he has some questions about a recent family matter, and he wants to listen to a pop music tape. But this is Israel, Mohammad and his son Ibrahim are Palestinians, driving from the border of the West Bank to their home in Nazareth. Their car has Israeli plates, there are temporary checkpoints along the way, Ibrahim has something in his backpack that could get them in serious trouble. Mohammad speaks Hebrew, Ibrahim does not. Can they make it home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama






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January 2006 (USA)  »

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Where is the rest of it?
26 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Nice film, interesting story about a man and his son traveling through Palestine. We see a father & son interaction, problems in travel, get some background on the father & son, a stop at a roadblock, and start what looks to be an interesting story. Then it ends. Abruptly, quite abruptly. So what happened to the rest of the story? Stories don't need to be all tidily wrapped up for me but seriously, this short is like they ran out of money about 2/3 of shooting and ended it right there. I don't think anything that was introduced in this film was concluded at all. It was all left up in the air.

I felt like a hitchhiker being picked up and starting an interesting journey with the father & son. Looks like we will be together for a little ways and suddenly there is a fork in the road and I'm told "Oh, we can no longer go your way. Our direction has changed and we have to drop you off here. Nice to get the ride but disappointed it ended short.

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