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Zaytoun (2012)

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Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.

Director:

Eran Riklis

Writer:

Nader Rizq
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Yoni
Abdallah El Akal ... Fahed (Ziko)
Alice Taglioni ... Leclair
Loai Nofi ... Aboudi (as Loai Noufi)
Tarik Kopty ... Seedo (as Tarik Copti)
Johnny Arbid Johnny Arbid ... Abu Fahed (as Joni Arbid)
Mira Awad ... Im Ahmed
Eitan Londner Eitan Londner ... Ilan
Morad Hassan Morad Hassan ... Rami (as Morad Hasan)
Ashraf Farah ... Khalid
Nidal Badarneh Nidal Badarneh ... Mustafa (as Nidal Badarni)
Adham Abu Aqel Adham Abu Aqel ... Ahmed
Osamah Khoury Osamah Khoury ... Hassan
Michel Khoury Michel Khoury ... Ali (as Michil Khoury)
Ali Suliman ... Syrian Officer
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Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.

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Country:

UK | Israel | France

Language:

English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In fuga con il nemico See more »

Filming Locations:

Haifa, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,100, 22 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,286, 15 November 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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While not explicitly stated in the film, the word "zaytoun" is Arabic for "olive", and refers to the tree that Fahed carries. See more »

Goofs

In the confrontation with the Syrian soldiers, Fahed runs to the Syrian vehicle carrying only his pistol. The next time he is seen at their vehicle, he now has his backpack on with his olive tree in it. There has been neither time nor opportunity for him to have collected these from the taxi. See more »

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Stayin Alive
Performed by The Bee Gees
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd.
Barry Gibb (CA), Maurice Gibb (CA), Robin Gibb (CA)
© 1977 Crompton Songs LLC (NS) and Gibb Brothers Music (BMI)
All rights on behalf of Crompton Songs LLC
Published by Universal Music Publishing Mgb Ltd/Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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Observing an enemy from very close will give a different outlook.
8 January 2014 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Well intended small storied movie with backdrop of war between Israel and Lebanon. Well cast and shot in exotic places. From the Hollywood actor of 'Brake' fame and the director of 'Lemon Tree' joined hands together for this project. A couple of years ago I saw 'Lemon Tree', this director is really a master rendering movies with complicated theme. From characters to concept and emotions it was well balanced. The second half is what gives more depth in human emotions than the conflict between two people. Definitely it is not a masterpiece, but where it takes place and what it deals were much reasonable to praise.

It is set in 1982 in war torn Lebanon. An Israeli pilot Yoni, who crash land in Beirut is taken captive by Palestine Liberation Organization. There he meets a 12 year old boy Fahed whose father was recently killed in an Israeli air strike. He knows that he's not him, but the boy raged with full of anger to take revenge. For the reason he must give up it and should cope with the prisoner to fulfil his father's wish. So they make a deal before teaming up and try to escape from there. The rest of the story is a journey that happens on the road to their freedom.

The title represents an olive plant that carried all the time by the boy in the movie. As it an Arabic title of an Israeli movie, various languages spoken throughout. For me everything was just same because I was depended on a subtitle. The movie won my heart for the reason that the main two characters considered as enemies to each other, but the time being they begin to understand. Theirs journey on a dangerous path against all the human created boundary was really touched me. Better than I expected, kinda partially rare movie should be recognised in vastly.


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