The Last Moon | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Set in World War I Palestine, this immensely moving 2004 drama illuminates the origins of the Jewish state and the Palestinian diaspora as it tells the story of two friends--a newly arrived Jew and the Palestinian whose land he buys--and of the Turks, the British, and Jewish and Palestinian nationalists who stir a gathering storm. Director Miguel Littin makes good use of images that suggest freedom or restriction: the two friends walk across open desert as they pace off the boundaries of the Palestinian's land, close-ups isolate characters who are exerting power, and in the searingly tragic finale the camera pans along barbed wire and the Palestinians behind it. In Arabic and Spanish with subtitles. 105 min. Sat 5/20, 5 PM, and Wed 5/24, 6 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center.

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