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Lemon Tree (2008)

Etz Limon (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 April 2008 (France)
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The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director:

Eran Riklis

Writers:

Suha Arraf (screenplay), Eran Riklis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiam Abbass ... Salma Zidane
Rona Lipaz-Michael Rona Lipaz-Michael ... Mira Navon
Ali Suliman ... Ziad Daud
Doron Tavory ... Defense Minister Israel Navon
Tarik Kopty ... Abu Hussam (as Tarik Copti)
Amos Lavi ... Commander Jacob (as Amos Lavie)
Amnon Wolf ... Leibowitz
Liron Baranes Liron Baranes ... Gilad
Smadar Jaaron Smadar Jaaron ... Tamar Gera (as Smadar Yaaron)
Danny Leshman Danny Leshman ... Private Itamar 'Quickie'
Ayelet Robinson ... Shelly
Amos Tamam ... Simon Hasson
Loai Nofi ... Nasser Zidane (as Loai Noufi)
Hili Yalon ... Sigi Navon
Makram Khoury ... Abu Kamal (as Makram J. Khoury)
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Storyline

Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank's occupied territory. The Israeli defense minister and his wife move next door; the Secret Service orders the trees removed for security. The stoic Salma seeks assistance from the Palestinian Authority (useless), Israeli army (dismissive), and a young attorney, Ziad Daud, who takes the case; this older client attracts him. While the courts deliberate, the Israelis fence her trees and prohibit her from entering the grove. As the trees wither, the defense minister's wife and, separately, an Israeli journalist, look on Salma with sympathy. In this allegory, does David stand a chance against Goliath? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An analogy on the Gaza strip wall.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Title Card: [last title card]
[after the end credits]
Title Card: Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits are over, the theme song's chorus "Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat" is shown on screen. See more »

Connections

References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »

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May I
By Jonathan Riklis
© JRikus Music
Performed by Jonathan Riklis - Piano
Lior Petershtein - Tenor Saxsophone
Amir Sadat - Bass
Eran Fink - Drums
Recorded live at the Avihai Hall in Jerusalem
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Best Israeli Film I ever watched
13 May 2008 | by hcarasoSee all my reviews

This movie is available here since April 23rd, people are queuing to see it and nevertheless, nobody shows up with a comment. LA VISITE DE LA FANFARE, also an Israeli film deserving to be called "a shake-hands tentative with a neighbor country" was nice, but the characters did not look Egyptian to me (and I've seen quite a lot of Egyptians in my life).LEMON TREE is perhaps a true story, although I don't believe it. It is however one of the most valuable attempts to show the unsolvable problem existing between two nations who have been fighting for more than 60 years to find a solution of cohabitation. The situation: an Israeli prominent figure (Minister of Defense, not less) has built himself a house next to a field of lemon trees owned by a Palestinian widow. The Army (I hate the word Tsahal, doesn't sound congenial to me) has no other solution than to erase the whole field, otherwise a Kamikaze fighter may find a base for throwing dangerous warfare. The case is brought to the Supreme Court of Israel, which comes to a solution supposed to satisfy everybody and constitute a large step towards a better understanding. Go and see this movie, and tell me if the "verdict"

is not another rendition of the famous King Solomon judgement. You won't regret it, because the movie is excellent. I'll tell you no more. Harry Carasso, Paris, France


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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew | English

Release Date:

23 April 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lemon Tree See more »

Filming Locations:

Djelazoun, West Bank, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,602, 19 April 2009

Gross USA:

$569,672

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,387,488
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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