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The Attack

Rated R 104 minutes 2013

An Arab doctor (Ali Suliman) living comfortably in Tel Aviv goes into shock when he learns that his wife of 15 years (Reymond Amsalem)—whom he believed to be apolitical and nonreligious—has blown herself up in a crowded restaurant. This French-Lebanese drama is oddly genteel for a movie about a suicide bombing; screenwriters Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma (adapting a best-selling novel by Yasmina Khadra) pull quite a few punches here, making the doctor improbably naive about Israeli-Palestinian tensions so that his transformation seems profound. They also have every character, no matter how radicalized, speak calmly and eloquently about the political situation, which has the effect of abstracting the issues. Doueiri directed. In subtitled Hebrew and Arabic.

Film Credits

Director: Ziad Doueiri

Producer: Jean Bréhat

Cast: Ali Suliman, Reymond Amsalem, Dvir Benedek, Uri Gavriel, Karim Saleh, Evgenia Dodena, Ruba Salameh and Ramzi Makdessi

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