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In Between

Arab-Israeli filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud makes her feature debut with this drama about three Palestinian roommates who live and work in modern-day Tel Aviv. Laila (Mouna Hawa), a sexually empowered lawyer, and Salma (Sana Jammelieh), a lesbian disc jockey, reject the patriarchal conservatism of their respective Muslim and Christian families by dressing and dating as they please and by immersing themselves in Palestinian nightlife. By contrast, Noor (Shaden Kanboura) wears a hijab and plans to return to her small village after graduate school to marry her impatient fiance. Despite the culture clash, the trio find common ground in their romantic struggles and feelings of alienation. They grapple with various issues connected to their race and gender, yet Hamoud keeps the tone relatively light, the women's wit and vibrancy accentuated by a brisk pace and Itay Gross's colorful cinematography. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles.

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