Playback: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea vs. Let My People Go!

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Dir: Therri Binisti • France, Israel • 2011 • 99 mins • Arabic, French, Hebrew, with subtitles

This Romeo and Juliet Internet-age tale charts the long-distance, politically-charged liaison between Tal, 17, a French-Israeli student, and Naïm, 20, a Palestinian living with his widowed mother. After a deadly Tel Aviv suicide bombing, Tal lobs a bottle into the Mediterranean, with a note seeking answers. Retrieved by Naïm, the two correspond, at first warily and acerbically, given tensions in Gaza. The film avoids easy answers and pathos while delivering a potent take on amity and love amid the Middle East divide.

 

Let My People Go!

Dir: Mikael Buch • France • 2011 • 87 mins • Finnish, French, with subtitles

A Nordic gay couple seeks reconciliation after their fantasia existence implodes, in this kitschy comedy fusing Jewish and gay cultures. Nebbishy Ruben, a biking postman, lives with his stunning beau in small-town Finland. A lovers’ spat sends fretful Ruben back to his zany Jewish Parisian family. As Passover approaches, melodrama mushrooms among the ditzy matriarch, philandering father, and glum siblings while closeted family friend and area elder Maurice makes moves on Ruben, in this deliciously madcap tale.


 
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