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The Flying Camel

This 1994 allegory concerns an odd couple in Tel Aviv—a Jewish professor obsessed with antiques and a Palestinian garbageman who runs across them every so often without realizing it. When the garbageman, who's also a skilled engineer, tries to move into the house of the professor, insisting he's inherited a portion of the property, the crotchety professor goes nuts—until he sees part of an antique statue in the back of the garbageman's truck. The men assuage each other's loneliness—even as one pursues a woman and the other is pursued by one—and together they work to restore the statue to its former glory. As comedy, this movie has a marvelous lilting quality, but the political message is a bit saccharine. Written and directed by Rami Na'Aman. 93 min.


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