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      Lemon Tree

      Released Apr 17, 2009 1 hr. 46 min. Drama List
      91% 68 Reviews Tomatometer 83% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Set in the West Bank, where Palestinian widow Salma Zidane tends her lemon grove. However, when Israeli Defense Minister Navon moves in across the way, his security guards demand she removes the trees, which could shelter terrorists. Refusing to bow down, she engages lawyer Ziad Daud to take her case to the Supreme Court, which brings international attention. Read More Read Less
      Lemon Tree

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      Critics Consensus

      A positive and personal Israeli film that offers an understated and thought-provoking vision of the West Bank troubles.

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      Audience Member A poetic stroke to your senses. So sad and painful yet so beautiful and delightful. The actors, the argument, the music, the locations, camera and art scenes are the best of it. A must watch Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member An amazing movie that represents the struggles of both sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in regards to the settlements Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a poignant and heartfelt story that is one personal story that opens up so many issues, political and social. Good performances although it is a bit slow. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member It's not only a lemon tree garden, it's a symbol of a pruned and not eradicated nation. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Very good film about an Palestinian widow who tends to her lemon trees only for new neighbours to move in and what them removed. The Israeli defence minister no less. Strong message perfectly carried out Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Exceptionally beautiful and haunting. Quiet, yet dramatic. Should not be missed. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Hank Sartin Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Jonathan F. Richards Film.com Eran Riklis, who directed and co-wrote with Suha Arraf (they also collaborated on The Syrian Bride), has made a compelling movie that takes its strength from the ground-level picture it gives of the human aspect of the problems in that part of the world. Aug 23, 2009 Full Review Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader The two Israelis who take her side are female, which underscores the film's message: a little less machismo might save a lot more than trees. Jun 12, 2009 Full Review Laura Hiros Rincón de cine ... the result is predictable, the movie is memorable. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 2/5 Mar 21, 2018 Full Review Hannah Brown Jerusalem Post We're told what to think and whom to like in a way that short-circuits the chance for real drama. Mar 21, 2016 Full Review Don Groves sbs.com.au A touching tale of forbidden fruit in the Middle East. Rated: 4/5 Jan 3, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Set in the West Bank, where Palestinian widow Salma Zidane tends her lemon grove. However, when Israeli Defense Minister Navon moves in across the way, his security guards demand she removes the trees, which could shelter terrorists. Refusing to bow down, she engages lawyer Ziad Daud to take her case to the Supreme Court, which brings international attention.
      Director
      Eran Riklis
      Executive Producer
      Leon Edery, Moshe Edery, David Silber
      Screenwriter
      Suha Arraf, Eran Riklis
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Arabic
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 17, 2009, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 10, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $566.1K