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June 06, 2009
I haven't seen the movie, & what I want to know is if the Palestinian woman wins or loses her case in the Israeli Supreme court? I don't like to see Israel portrayed in a netatively biased movie.
May 29, 2009
Excellent film of Academy Award Caliber. Hiam Abbass in the maail role is a truly phenomenal new Anna Magnani.
May 16, 2009
"Lemon Tree" portrays Israeli as arrogant who use Draconian laws to suppress the poor Palestinians. How heartless can it be to uproot lemon trees that were planted by her father years ago? Yet it does not address why Israel is behaving like that: suicide bombing of busses and pizza parlors killing hundreds of Israeli civilians, burglaries in Israel such as car theft, drug trafficking and illegal
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Los Angeles Times
Lemon Tree is in its best moments a sober-hearted take on the righteous blowback from whittled-away souls, and a movie that invariably rights itself with each return to the beautifully steely gaze of Abbass. Full Review
Something like a cross between a torn-from-the-headlines docudrama, a Middle East conflict rendered in miniature and Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," this latest film from the terrific Israeli director Eran Riklis revolves around the amazing lead performance of Palestinian-French actress Hiam Abbass. Full Review
Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree is a lively deadpan comedy which, like his prior film "The Syrian Bride," satirizes Israel's bureaucrats while remaining sympathetic to citizens who live within and adjacent to Israel's disputed borders. Full Review
The rare ability to make intelligent, entertaining cinema from hot-button current issues is beautifully illustrated by Lemon Tree. Full Review
The most remarkable aspect of Lemon Tree, however, and the one that's most likely to land this film on many year-end Best Foreign Film lists, is Abbass' devastating and marvelously restrained performance. Full Review