A Trumpet in the Wadi

The older sister of an Arab family in Israel falls in love with the Jewish immigrant from Russia who plays mournful trumpet tunes in the apartment above theirs. Not especially compelling as drama nor especially funny as comedy (excepting one hilarious scene with the Russian's overstrung mom), this Israeli video feature by Lina and Slava Chaplin is most interesting for its fresh approach to the country's torn social fabric (the Arab woman reads Hebrew poetry more seriously than her Jewish coworkers). Rapid dialogue and camera movements maintain the brisk pace, though the quick pans between faces become mannered and repetitive. In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. 97 min.

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