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5.0 out of 5 stars A film for both head and heart
An outstandingly good film. The director tackles the bitter Israel-Palestinian conflict by focusing on how it impinges on one Arab widow (the wonderful Hiam Abbass) who tries to scrape a living from her grove of lemon trees. Her new neighbour, who unfortunately for her is the Israeli defence minister and his wife, is advised by his security goons that the next door lemon...
Published on 26 Mar. 2009 by Humpty Dumpty

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if I'll watch it again
Not the best of films. Took a while to get started and then ended in a way where you think "was that it?"
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lemon Tree, 6 Mar. 2012
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This was a beautifully acted, thought provoking film which was truly evocative of the situation in Israel / Palestine today. It highlighted the significance of the lemon grove in the life of a Palestinian woman not only as her livlihood but also as a symbol of her familiys history and heritage. It showed that in the interest of security and mistrust on both sides, everyone is a looser and destroying the beauty of the country around them. It did not take sides but showed how much everyone would gain by living together with acceptance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful film that looks into the lives of a people living in a difficult political situation, 24 Jan. 2014
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I purchased this film for my husband as I know that he is interested in affairs in the Middle East. This film gives us an insight into the lives of people caught up in a complex and uncompromising political situation on the border of the Palestinian West Bank and Israel. The film highlights the inequality between the two peoples but also how the two are connected with each other. This film is extremely easy to watch with a gripping story,and it not only educates the viewer on the political situation but entertains as well. A stellar cast that might be unknown to the western viewer takes you through a gripping story that more people should be aware of. It highlights the absurdity of the political situation, but also highlights how this affects the normal people who are trying to live their lives in their homeland. this is a must watch for anybody interested in the Middle East of international affairs but also for someone who would like to watch a gritty and intellectual film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lemon Tree, 1 Aug. 2009
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This is a very well made film and very thought provoking. It emphasizes the meanless issues of war and conflicts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great film, this film highlights one incident of Israeli ..., 9 Feb. 2015
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This is a great film, this film highlights one incident of Israeli anti semitism against Palestinians who have no army to defend themselves. In the real world Israel is busy with a genocide of the Palestinian people, This film show the utter disdain of Israel to it's neighbour Palestine. The last time we saw such genocide was in Kosovo and the Balkans. Jews work in the media all over Europe and America and in America to be President a politician has to get the pro-gun votes, the bible belt voted and the Jewish votes. There are more Jews living in America than there are Jews living in Israel so Politicians won't admit to Israel's genocide of Palestinians in case Jews refuse to vote for them. What happens in this film has happened to Palestinians every day for the past 60 years and Israel has occupied 90% of what used to be Palestine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lemon Tree, a beautiful film, 12 Mar. 2011
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Mrs. Jill A. Goddard (Gloucestershire) - See all my reviews
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Having recently seen the TV drama 'The Promise' this story was particularly poignant, giving a further insight into the Israeli/Palestinian struggle to live side by side. Beautifully filmed and acted and a sad example of 'Man's Inhumanity to Man'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiam Abbass is superb, 1 Oct. 2014
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Lemon Tree is a film about what on the face of it is a very simple story. The telling of it though, subtly, shows a much bigger picture regarding what people want and what society and convention say is allowed.

Having seen Hiam Abbass in The Source where she played the mother-in-law to the main character in that film, I was keen to watch her in the lead role of a film. Hiam Abbass is outstanding in the lead role in Lemon Tree and the rest of the cast also give superb performances. The story is revealed slowly and subtly. This tale is told intelligently and in a very entertaining way. Highly recommended.

The DVD comes with embedded subtitles which are good and easy to read. Sadly there are no extras on the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lemon Tree, 15 Nov. 2010
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Ms. G. Evans (Llanduno. N. Wales. UK.) - See all my reviews
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This is a Fantastic un bias story, A tail of Two Woman. Salma a Palestinian woman living under Israel Rule, & how the one sided system rely lets her down. The Other Woman Is Mira Navon, wife of the Isrealie Defence Minister. It Portrays both the inner & outer conflict of Mira who in fact is a very gentle soul, and the Conflict she suffers between. Her conscience & Her Loyalty's to both The State & her Husband. It portrays how Salma's Children had flown the Nest, Gone to The USA & Palestine had become all but a distant memory to them, except for the $300 a month her son used to send her. This rely is a poignant tail Of the trials & tribulations of Two women who had both had a disappointing life, and all that Salma has left is her beloved Lemon Grove, that the state now want to distroy
thus leaving her with nothing.
Any women from any Country will be able to associate with their joint plight, The Film is well acted, un bias , & the subject matter is great, I would highly recommend this film, though you might need a tissue or two to dry your eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 11 Feb. 2012
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If you don't know about the struggle of the Palestinian people this is a great film to watch.
It's produced by an Israeli with an all Israeli cast.
It shows the everyday life of a widowed Palestinian lady whose Lemon grove is on one side of the wall and her Israeli counterpart on the other side.
You get a small snap shot of what life must be like.....
I saw Syrian Bride which was also produced by this director and that was excellent but this deserves all the awards it received. I challenge you not to be moved by the story....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching and beautiful, 1 Sept. 2012
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A. Pechabadens "Alexandra Pechabadens" (Pays-de-Galles - Uk) - See all my reviews
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This film is a stunning film, reminding me very much of the Manon des Sources story from the French cinema, it has that same "real" feel about it (rather than feeling like a Holiwood made-up movie) and it is just very taking. Beautiful. Nothing more to say about it, other than it opened my eyes on the situation there, and I just want to send the Palestinians and Israelis all my blessings and prayers so may they find peace and tranquility, as well as abundance, in their respectuous lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stays with you, 16 May 2013
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This film stayed with me for a long time. It sums up everything about the Israel/Palestine conflict - that the Israelis have all the power and the Palestinians just get shafted. It's moving, powerful, well acted and beautifully made, but there's no Hollywood happy ending here. You end up feeling the exasperation and hopelessness of the Palestinians who are doing no wrong and who just want to get on with their lives. A proper, grown-up film.
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