In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: ... See full summary »
Dr. Amin Jaafari is an assimilated Arab surgeon who seems to have it all with a promising career with honors among the Israelis in Tel Aviv. That all changes after a devastating terrorist suicide bombing and his beloved wife, Siham, is found among the dead as the primary suspect. Although initially refusing to accept that as Shin Bet interrogates him, Amin comes to realize the allegations are true. Now, the ostracized Amin resolves to find out on his own why Siham had so strong a conviction that she kept secret from him. However, the answers prove hard to come by and the truths involved have a terrible pain of their own.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When the film begins, we think it is about a suicide bombing attack that kills innocent Israeli children. Then, we start to think that maybe "the attack" refers to the aggression Dr. Jaafari, the bomber's husband, will face from Israeli authorities and his Israeli friends. But that is not why it's called "The Attack". It is an intrapersonal conflict which Dr. Jaafari faces. It is an attack on his ego, judgment, love, and trust that he had in his relationship with his wife. It is also an attack on his personal identity--does he identify as an Arab, Israeli, husband, uncle, or doctor? The film does not provide answers, only questions, to those who are willing to accept them.
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