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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

2011 1h 39m Drama List
69% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 73% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
A Jerusalem teenager (Agathe Bonitzer) and a Palestinian (Mahmoud Shalabi) from Gaza correspond via bottled notes thrown into the sea. Read More Read Less

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V.A. Musetto New York Post It raises the hope that someday, perhaps, there can be a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian minds. Rated: 3/4 Jan 4, 2013 Full Review Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times A gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope. Rated: 3/5 Jan 3, 2013 Full Review Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News What elevates [it] ... is the gentleness with which Binisti approaches his difficult subject. Rated: 3/5 Jan 3, 2013 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Sure, it has something to say, but it hardly feels like its out to change the world -- only a very small part of it. And it succeeds with sincere feelings and a beguiling charm Rated: 4.5/5 Apr 16, 2014 Full Review Robert Levin amNewYork This is the story of people who dream big dreams and find a common understanding in the face of impossible difficulties. It's hard not to get behind that. Rated: 3/4 Jan 11, 2013 Full Review Doris Toumarkine Film Journal International Yet another impressive dramatic take on the endless Middle East impasse and attendant violence. Jan 4, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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dan m To me this felt like a more serious version of the movie You've Got Mail, but between a French-Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy. They trade somewhat harsh messages at first due to the ongoing conflict, but eventually they befriend each other and fall in love. Usually I don't go for these kinds of stories, especially if it's a romantic comedy, but it's done very well here and you hope for a happy ending for these two. Bravo! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This joint French-Canadian-Israeli film describes an unlikely e-mail relationship struck up between a young Jerusalem woman and a young Gazan man who find a message she left in a bottle in the Mediterranean. Simply and lovingly photographed, this film has tremendous heart. Agathe Bonitzer as the Israeli and Mahmoud Shalaby as the Palestinian play their parts splendidly. A great film for those who still wish to dream. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review bill k Touching, beautiful and insightful. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/06/18 Full Review Audience Member This was a very thoughtful movie, it showed two different view points in a realistic way, it brought out many emotions, and made me wish I could keep watching their lives until they meet again. Its a well done movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Some people downplay the movie as a platitude amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Well, reality is reality, and a movie---though sometimes fantasy---portrays the virtue of peaceful possibilities. This movie achieves that end in a fairly simple, but powerful manner. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member What a wonderful portrait of life on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As in all conflicts, may we stop so much defending our position and learn about the positions of those who we see as our enemies. Curiosity caused Tal and Nam to learn about each other and it changed both of their lives. May we please do as much as we can to learn about this particular conflict so we can help bring it to a close. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A Jerusalem teenager (Agathe Bonitzer) and a Palestinian (Mahmoud Shalabi) from Gaza correspond via bottled notes thrown into the sea.
Director
Thierry Binisti
Screenwriter
Thierry Binisti, Valérie Zenatti
Production Co
TS Productions, Lama Films, EMA Films
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Hebrew
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 8, 2017
Runtime
1h 39m
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