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Dancing Arabs (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 November 2014 (Israel)
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A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity.

Director:

Eran Riklis

Writers:

Sayed Kashua (screenplay), Sayed Kashua (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tawfeek Barhom ... Eyad
Razi Gabareen Razi Gabareen ... Young Eyad
Yaël Abecassis ... Edna
Michael Moshonov ... Yonatan
Ali Suliman ... Salah
Danielle Kitsis ... Naomi (as Daniel Kitsis)
Marlene Bajali ... Aisha
Laëtitia Eïdo ... Fahima
Norman Issa ... Jamal
Khalifa Natour ... Bassem
Kais Natour Kais Natour ... Wassim
Loai Nofi ... Wajdi
Rona Lipaz-Michael Rona Lipaz-Michael ... Headmistress in Jerusalem
Shirili Deshe ... Literature Teacher
Keren Tzur Keren Tzur ... History Teacher
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Storyline

A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Israel | Germany | France

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew | English | German

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Mis hijos See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,798, 17 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$281,059, 11 October 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At around 1 hr there is a scene in which the main character sits on his dorm room bed and stares forlornly at the wall upon which there is a New York State license plate. The plate's design was initiated in 2010, but the scene in the film takes place in 1990. See more »

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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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Last Night
performed by The Rhetorical Band
Lyrics: Yossi Elephant
Composed by Yossi Elephant & Ofer Harari
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heartfelt moving film
28 January 2015 | by paul_3-960-896774See all my reviews

The film started off innocently, much like Eyad / Iyad is at the beginning. It's sweet, funny and almost carefree and gets serious overtime as Eyad grows up and tries to understand and fit into this adult world. Dancing Arabs' comedic tone reflects Eyad's childhood innonce, the tension and drama later on in the movie attests of this young arab's struggles to find his place and his identity around jews in Israel.

Eran Riklis succeeded in capturing Iyad's evolution in My son, coherently interlacing different tones and getting a good performance out of Razi Gabareen & Tawfeek Barhom who both embody Eyad's life. Years of Eyad's life are smartly intertwined with the tensions in the region and Eyad's choices. Although Riklis, very skillfully took on a difficult subject and managed to make a movie advocating coexistence, My Son felt at times a bit too sugar coated. There's no denying that it is about Eyad and his journey to self discovery but some of the characters - although secondary - completely lacked substence or development. The mothers for instance, both brilliantly played by Abecassis & Eido kind of lacked personality. The Arab-Israeli tensions are in the film but they are addressed very subtle, hinted.

The cast nicely played the bonds and chemistry between the characters. Tawfeek Barhom, awkwardness and isolation in his new surroundings is on point. He is utterly believable and convincing as the good- intentioned young arab who wants to fit in. My Son is a beautiful, funny film shining a good light on both population.

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