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The Bubble

Released Sep 7, 2007 1h 58m Drama LGBTQ+ List
55% Tomatometer 42 Reviews 84% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
Ashraf (Yousef "Joe" Sweid), a Palestinian, meets Noam (Ohad Knoller), an Israeli, at a checkpoint station. The pair begin a relationship, and Ashraff moves in illegally with Noam and Noam's roommates, Lulu (Daniela Virtzer) and Yelli (Alon Friedman). The hip Tel Aviv neighborhood in which they live insulates them from the ongoing conflict between Arabs and Jews, but their protection cannot last forever. Read More Read Less

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Melissa Anderson Time Out Rated: 2/6 Jan 18, 2008 Full Review Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer Rated: 3/4 Nov 23, 2007 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 2.5/5 Nov 17, 2007 Full Review David Walsh World Socialist Web Site The Bubble provides a glimpse at the complexity and contradictoriness of Israeli society, and its humanity is unquestionable. Feb 14, 2021 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter The Bubble provides a window on hot sex, complicated friendships and a parallel universe where Israel and Palestine could co-exist like New York and New Jersey. May 22, 2020 Full Review Hannah Brown Jerusalem Post Director Eytan Fox has taken a clear look at how many Israelis actually live and has made a vibrant, engaging movie that reflects reality. Rated: 4/4 Mar 22, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Chris B Funny movie, sometimes the greatest truths are spoken in jest, good luck everyone. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/01/22 Full Review Audience Member How to turn an actual good movie into a shitfest in 3 short steps! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Fun sexy young gay film that touches gently on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, thanks of course to my dearest Choon for introducing it to me. Good entry-level film if you don't know much about the Palestinian POV. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent film. I've watched it three times now and enjoy more each time. It's a gentle, realistic portrayal of life in Tel Aviv/Palestine. The film resonates with the messages of equality and peace, but keeps the love story at the centre. It's not all happy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Not bad! Eytan Fox demonstrates a strong sense of irony, engaging us again with a relationship blossoming amidst the difficult realities of checkpoints and occupation... It was good to see Sheinkin Street again :) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member An undecided film about either love or peace or war or homosexuality or celebration of humanity or ethnic difference or violence or gender. The Bubble is somewhat passable as a decent drama but more often than not ventures into jarring tonal shifts and erotic confusion. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Ashraf (Yousef "Joe" Sweid), a Palestinian, meets Noam (Ohad Knoller), an Israeli, at a checkpoint station. The pair begin a relationship, and Ashraff moves in illegally with Noam and Noam's roommates, Lulu (Daniela Virtzer) and Yelli (Alon Friedman). The hip Tel Aviv neighborhood in which they live insulates them from the ongoing conflict between Arabs and Jews, but their protection cannot last forever.
Director
Eytan Fox
Producer
Ronen Ben Tal, Amir Feingold, Gal Uchovsky
Screenwriter
Eytan Fox, Gal Uchovsky
Distributor
Strand Releasing
Genre
Drama, LGBTQ+
Original Language
Arabic
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 7, 2007, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 25, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$156.0K
Runtime
1h 58m
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