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Zaytoun (2012)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 20 September 2013 (USA)
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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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Aboudi (as Loai Noufi)
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Seedo (as Tarik Copti)
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Abu Fahed (as Joni Arbid)
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Eitan Londner ...
Ilan
Morad Hassan ...
Rami (as Morad Hasan)
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Khalid
Nidal Badarneh ...
Mustafa (as Nidal Badarni)
Adham Abu Aqel ...
Ahmed
Osamah Khoury ...
Hassan
Michel Khoury ...
Ali (as Michil Khoury)
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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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In fuga con il nemico  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,100, 22 September 2013, Limited Release

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$42,286, 15 November 2013
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A painted poster is seen on wall, advertising a film, 'Dos Amigos y Un Burro', starring Sebastian Eldorado and Joaquin Pequeno. The text is in Arabic and Spanish. Both the film and actors appear to be fictitious. See more »

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The number of leaves on the olive tree varies between scenes. See more »

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Conducted by Peter Pejtsik
Music composed by Cyril Morin
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Common goals can make even worst enemies best friends

This story takes place in 1982, and is about the young boy, Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), whose family has suffered a lot because of the war in Beirut. One day, an Israeli fighter pilot, Yoni (Stephen Dorff), is captured by the local forces, and Fahed sees and opportunity to free the pilot, so he can take him back to his former home, where his father wanted to plant the family's olive-tree, but never had the chance to do so, because of the war.

At first, the two are mortal enemies, only working together because they need each other to reach their individual goals: Fahed wants to return back to his old family home, and Yoni wants to escape from prison, where he is bound to be tortured and interrogated, before he is used politically to exchange prisoners from the Israelis.

But along the way, the two form a tight friendship, where they both save each others lives on numerous occasions, until they (hopefully) reach their goals. It just goes to show, that even during the worst situations, friendships can arise when you are able to look past ones differences, and instead focus on common interests and dreams.

This is the newest movie from director Eran Riklis (Etz Limon, The Syrian Bride), and he still manages to make very interesting movies on highly debated subjects about the situation in Israel and the middle east in general. The acting from the leading actors is very impressive as well, especially from the young El Akal, who should have a long career ahead of him. It is also a quite interesting turn from the otherwise rather mainstream actor, Stephen Dorff, who most people probably know best from action-films like "Blade", "Public Enemies" and "Felon".

A highly recommended film, which also can be used for educational purposes. 8/10.


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