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The Deserter's Wife

Blind nationalism is one of the targets of this story about a pianist from France who relocates to Israel upon marrying; her husband later stops speaking as the result of a military incident that's revealed in portentously incremental flashbacks. This 1992 melodrama creates only generic sympathy for the disgraced, misunderstood husband, and none at all for the smarmy, selfish wife, whose motives are ambiguous throughout. We're supposed to believe she feels a sense of duty to her husband when she breaks off an affair with another man, but she seems driven mainly by a desire to spend more time preparing for her debut concert in her new country, an event symbolically scheduled for the day of a UN ultimatum to Saddam Hussein. Directed by Michael Bat-Adam.

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