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4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Melting Pot., 20 Feb 2011
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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The film technique of weaving a tapestry of lives and characters in a "Babel" style, to culminate in a finale where everything becomes that much clearer, is a new one to me. The film is not shot chronologically, which can throw you if you are as slow off the mark as me. But stick with it, as this film rewards perseverance in abundance. What a really, really pleasant surprise this film turned out to be. Set in the Israeli coastal town of Jaffa, which is an area rich in ethnic diversity, Muslims, Christians and jews converge into one volatile melting pot. This is a world where the background you are born into matters a lot! We learn of a Muslim man impossibly in love with a Jewish girl. Then there is a Policeman who is violent on duty but doting to his young child, haunted by the spectre of his missing brother. Another is an illegal immigrant whose seriously ill mother is dependent for a cure on his earnings. At first difficult to follow the film unravels to a fascinating conclusion, and in so doing gives us a clearer insight into the complex issues surrounding lives in so diverse a country as Israel.

The first thing that immediately struck me about this film was its realism. Some of the scenes involving tussles with Police Officers and a casual drive by shooting were just frighteningly authentic. At times it resembled one of those TV programmes where a camera follows Police officers around a busy city. Co written and directed by an Israeli jew Yaron Shani, and an Israeli born Palestinian Scandar Copti, the two use their shared knowledge to powerful effect. Both men clearly have a deep understanding of of the issues they broach. The film sensibly uses non professional actors who appear to have been encouraged to simply be themselves, and this works judging by the naturalism of the performances they give. I do not pretend to be an expert on the politics of the area, but this film seems to have sympathetically and honestly captured the factions in this complicated society. It was deservedly nominated for a foreign language oscar. Well worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parallel lives (and deaths), 9 Mar 2012
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David (Dublin Ireland) - See all my reviews
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In and around Tel Aviv, five characters, Jewish and Arab, are followed through parallel and occasionally intersecting narratives. This lead to a killing, the elements of which are clear from the beginning, but the reason for which only emerges at the very end. It would spoil the film for other viewers to give the game away. However, much of the film's interest lies in the glimpse it gives of life in a country obessed with security, and the maintenance of a border which has perverse effects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping, 22 July 2012
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This movie tells the story of a number of people of different religious backgrounds living in Ajami.

It is shot non-sequentially and divided into chapters so that the viewer is pulled right into the narrative in order to discover how these people's lives intertwine and ultimately affect each other.

The movie has the feel of a documentary but with a tight well-written script and superb acting. Scenes are cleverly revisited throughout in order to show different perspectives on the same events.

A captivating movie experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, 22 Dec 2013
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Really enjoyed it. Helps me in learning Arabic as well! Would recommend it to anyone learning Arabic, as long as you spk a little already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted., 24 Dec 2012
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thoroughly enjoyable. We've spent hours watching this.
Both the sound and visual quality are a testament to the production team.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Masterpiece, 20 Feb 2011
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One of the greatest movies ever; by far the greatest movie of recent years.

The story of a bunch of people in a neighbourhood in Jaffa, Israel, may not sound like a movie for everyone, but this clever, realistic and gripping tale makes it impossible for anyone not to relate to.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 10 Mar 2011
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Found the movie ajami interesting. Shows what the jewish do to innocents
But the ending didnt make sense like what happened to omar malek nasir it showed but there was no ending plot thats the bad point but all round a very good film
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