Screenwriter William Goldman once instructively quipped that the most boring screenplay imaginable would be The Village of the Happy People; drama thrives on conflict and challenge and perishes from complacency and certainty. I was thinking about that during the Un Certain Regard selection Salt of this Sea, which might as well be called The Woman who was Always Right. Written and directed by Annamarie Jacir, Salt of this Sea is the story of Soraya (Suheir Hammad), an American woman who's come to Israel from Brooklyn to see the land her Palestinian ancestors were ejected from 60 years ago. "They won't give us the 'right of return,' so I took it." They is Israel, and much of Salt of this Sea is a not-undeserved critique of Israel's past and present interactions with and policies toward Palestine. But just because a critique is legitimate doesn't mean it's artfully expressed or dramatically compelling; as Soraya travels throughout Jaffa, Ramallah, Jerusalem and other sites, she seems to have a suspiciously well-honed arsenal of aphorisms and slogans at the ready.