Sand Storm | Chicago Reader

Sand Storm

Oddly, there's no sandstorm in this Israeli drama—maybe the fans broke down on location—but there's plenty of bad weather, as a modern-day Bedouin woman (Ruba Blal) swallows the humiliation of her ex-husband (Hitham Omari) remarrying and condemns her teenage daughter (Lamis Ammar) for running around with a local boy. Written and directed by Elite Zexer, the movie is like a study in prisoner psychology: the heroine has long since accepted her lot under a rigid patriarchy and encourages her daughter to do the same. The girl has a mind of her own (in one memorable scene she silences her mother with the simple declaration "I love him"), but the father is a powerful force over both women, skilled at invoking the harsh judgment of the community to keep them in line. In Arabic with subtitles.

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