Other Sellers on Amazon
+ £1.26 UK delivery
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Lemon Tree (2008) [DVD]
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbour, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma s trees pose a threat to the Minister s safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense minister s wife, who is trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salma s legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top customer reviews
The great merit of this film lies in the way the political theme, interesting enough on its own, is entwined with private dramas going on in the lives of the widow, the lawyer she engages to fight her case, and the minister's wife who is brought to perceive the human cost of a political decision in which she is implicated. These interlinked public and private themes are delicately handled, with just the right amount of weight being given to each.
Hiam Abbass, who I thought was the best thing about the same director's earlier The Syrian Bride, here shines even more brightly. She gives a wonderfully subtle portrayal of a woman who resists pressure from all sides, including from overbearing male interests, to give in and conform. Against the odds and her natural temperament, she turns her small act of revolt into one symbolic of every individual fighting for justice against overweening authority. This is great acting.
The characters are complex and not simply black and white caricatures, even the characters who are perpetrating the injustices are not shown as simply bad people, just that their focus and vision is on other priorities. The characters and their relationships - the widow and her helper, the widow and her lawyer and the community expectations on behaviour, the widow and her kids, the Israeli minister and his wife, the links with the media are all well done. The exploration as well as the sense of frustration at how many of these relationships work or don't is what makes the film interesting.
The film gave me a brief cameo insight into life in this part of the world and a better sense of the complexities.
It is slow and as would be in reality the conclusion rather unsatisfactory, so it is hard to say I enjoyed this film but I am glad I watched it. I think you'd need to be interested in the issues or world cinema to watch this film. Before I started the review I had given 3* "it's OK" but as I wrote the review I realised I should be more generous as it is well done, simply not an entirely engaging film but I think that is partly because I don't generally watch films with sub-titles and perhaps I like a more defined conclusion. Since it is in Hebrew and Arabic the sub-titles are essential.
Finally film does not seem related at all to the book of the same name, all be it they are both based among the Israel/Palestine problems.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews