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The Bubble [2006] [DVD]

Ohad Knoller , Yousef 'Joe' Sweid , Eytan Fox    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ohad Knoller, Yousef 'Joe' Sweid, Daniella Wircer, Alon Friedman, Zohar Liba
  • Directors: Eytan Fox
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tla
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Emotionally moving and brimming with youthful energy, Eytan Fox's (Yossi & Jagger) The Bubble is a snapshot of three Tel Aviv friends.

Their lives filled with trendy cafes, boutiques and the occasional sexual adventures, the trio seek refuge in their metropolitan "bubble," isolating them from omnipresent fear of modern warfare around them. But when young Noam falls in love with a Palestinian young man named Ashraf, a chain of events is set in motion threatening their naïve, idealistic existence.

Starring: Ohad Knoller, Yousef "Joe" Sweid, Daniela Wircer and Alon Friedmann

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Tel Aviv has such beautiful moments..." 25 Feb 2008
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Eytan Fox (Yossi & Jagger, Walk on Water) has a tremendous talent for portraying conflicts - social, political, emotional - and in 'The Bubble' (in Hebrew, with English subtitles) he has again succeeding in translating this into a powerful, intelligent film.

The 'bubble' in question is ostensibly the youth scene of Tel Aviv - an oasis of hip, vibrant contemporaneity in a desert of regressive dogma. Focusing particularly on thirty-something Noam, and his two flatmates - Lulu ("the Israeli Carrie Bradshaw") and Yali (flamboyant, gay, café owner) - the younger generation are portrayed as desperately emulating Western 'culture' - iPods, drugs, raves, Pop Idol, and fashion - as a reaction to the violence of their parents' legacy. For Western viewers used only to seeing the media portrayal of Middle-East one-dimensional strife from the comfort of their living rooms, this film will certainly prove to be an eye-opener.

Noam, who works in a record store, also serves as a reserve Israeli soldier, and it is while performing this latter duty at an Israeli checkpoint that he meets a Palestinian of similar age, Ashraf. The two men click instantly via time-honoured, unspoken eye contact and quickly form a relationship. Ahraf does not have a permit, and consequently Noam and his two flatmates disguise him as an Israeli and introduce him to their cosmopolitan world in Tel Aviv: café life, gay bars, moody piano clubs, theatre and music. Ashraf is enchanted by the carefree, (relatively) sexually-open lifestyle - so very different to the stark tradition of his Palestinian family-life. However, upon a visit back to this home town to attend his sister's wedding, Ashraf gets caught up in the enraged vengeance schemes of his militant brother-in-law, a local Hamas leader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant... 15 Oct 2008
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...and the title says it all. Although Israel and Palestine are next door (or in the same place), they might as well be on different planets. The lifestyles and treatments of each community are so beautifully and accurately depicted. The lead characters are great - as, indeed, is the whole cast, who make the whole film utterly watchable and believable- you really get drawn into this film! Treat yourselves- it's a great film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Israeli Cinema 12 May 2009
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I am a big fan of World Cinema and I dont mean the 'executive relief' type, so i was very keen to see this Israeli take on an inter faith gay relationship. It was ambitiuos to take on a subject such as a gay Jew having a relationship with a gay Palestinian and in many ways this is quite implausible though not impossible. It is handled reasonably well and in an interesting way. Relationships are examined and developed of all the main chracters and it deals with the isues that arise with a fair degree of warmth. However the ending took that away at a stroke. That being said it was still far better than your typical Holly/Bolly-wood ending where there is a reinforcing marriage with the implications of '..and they all lived happily ever after'.
In many ways the ending is probably more realistic in light of the entrenched intransigence that sadly exists in that part of the World. Definitely worth seeing and also definitely worth supporting Israeli cinmea.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite film about forbidden love 17 Feb 2009
The Bubble is one of the best gay interest film I've EVER seen, and I own quite a few. This is in the league of Summerstorm, Shelter, Latter Days and the like, but somehow more touching.
In Israel, they say, the true taboo, isn't love between men, but love between Jew and Muslim.
The Bubble is basically a realistic, sometimes gritty but always beautiful, depiction of the love story between Noam (Israeli) and Ashraf (Palestinian).
Without giving too much of the plot away, I will say that The Bubble is a haunting tribute to Tel Aviv.... it will make you laugh, cry, and cringe in embarrassment at what human beings are capable of, but ultimately it also renewed my belief in true love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This film succeeds in showing the Bubble, the world of the Westerners living in Tel Aviv, with all the cultural and political aspirations of Europeans and a longing to turn away from armies, occupation forces, social tension. But even in Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast their leafletting is not allowed to proceed uninterrupted - real people who have experienced real horrors try to bring them back to earth. Our two heroes - both very handsome and subtly acted - meet first at a checkpoint where one is doing his Israeli reservist military duty, the other (Ashraf) is a Palestinian passing through. They witness a human tragedy and Ashraf observes the grief this causes his counterpart. Later Ashraf comes into the Bubble by adopting a Jewish covername and identity. The tense nature of society is revealed by racist remarks in a shop and the acute observation by a Golani (i.e. someone Israeli with occupied Golan Heights connections) of Ashraf's shorts looking more Palestinian than Israeli. Ashraf suffers blackmail back in Nablus when his lover foolishly visits him whilst pretending to be a journalist. How things play out has the quality of a Greek tragedy. Is it realistic - yes, in its portrayal of a tense society, and of the respective lives of Israelis and Palestinians; possibly the plot constructs require some suspension of disbelief. It also shows different kinds of gay and other relationships, some involving power, some involving mutuality. Overall I think this is a masterpiece - a definite buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical gay love story
From the heartbreaking opener right thru to the harrowing closer, this film gives new meaning to "gay love story". Read more
Published 2 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story
The Bubble is not a simple gay scene movie, it is more than this. A full story of conflicts. Imagine a love of two guys, a Jew and an Arab, at the heart of Israel - Palestine... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gokhan
3.0 out of 5 stars Outside the Bubble...
A sometimes moving neatly shot love story between men and women, men and men, occasionally women and women etc.. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bardo Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars A love tale
How love is more than simply a boy meets a girl (or a boy), I'm giving this movie as a gift to all my gay and hetero friends
Published on 17 July 2011 by Mediterraneo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of the films you will think about a lot after watching it. It has everything a good movie should consist of: plot, acting, pictures and music. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2011 by Pitbulltje
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A truly fantastic and memorable film. From someone who knows and loves Tel Aviv this story is truly wonderful, a great dvd of true love.
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by Clivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this film
You're not just buying a gay movie but a movie with a story that the whole world needs to see/hear.
Published on 6 Jun 2010 by J. Pouwels
3.0 out of 5 stars hotchpotch of extremities
Can't say I liked 'The Bubble' very much. It was a mixture of supression and affluence. It starts out with a rigid border control in one of Israel's occupied territories. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2009 by Bart
4.0 out of 5 stars a good choice and a good product
the film is really very nice,
i got the dvd in a few days and I m very satisfied buying with amazon uk.
Published on 17 July 2009 by David Narducci
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