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The Other Son


Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, brief language and drug use.

PG-13 In Theaters 09/21/2012 , 105min.
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November 16, 2012
I enjoyed this movie. The story was realistic and the characters were likable with well developed personalities. The message was one of peace and hope. And somehow the use of several languages including English enhanced it.

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The Hollywood Reporter
Making a feel-good movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be a recipe for disaster, but French writer-director Lorraine Levy manages to avoid many, if not all, of the pitfalls in her touching family drama. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Ms. Lévy is rescued from her maudlin, preachy tendencies by the skill and sensitivity of the actors, who turn a wobbly parable of tolerance into a graceful and touching story of real people in a surreal situation. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
The Other Son is a case of good intentions overwhelming the inherent drama - quite simply, political correctness got the best of it. The French director is so focused on covering all the bases, and ensuring a sense of equal empathy - and screen time - for the plight of both families, she leaves the film struggling to get beyond a log-jam of life lessons. Full Review
Ella Taylor
Sentimental? Certainly, but in a part of the world where hope and optimism haven't shown their faces in a long time, it's hard not to feel carried along by the generously conciliatory spirit that warms The Other Son, as it did "The Band's Visit." Movies have rarely been known to change the world, but you never know. Full Review
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
The Other Son is played with warmth and conviction by its cast. But it's also a little pat and toothless, set in an Israel where not even the notorious border crossings seem that difficult. Full Review

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