Etz Limon (Lemon Tree)
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Widow and empty nester Salma Zidane lives on the Palestinian West Bank, in a little house flanked by lemon trees planted by her great grand parents. Unfortunately, when the Israeli minister of defense builds a house adjacent to her own, her lemon trees are deemed a security risk. Salma hires a lawyer to prevent the powerful man from having her ancestral trees removed, but the odds are stacked against her, and to make matters worse, she begins to fall in love with her lawyer. Things seem bleak, but it looks like hope could shine in from an unexpected source, when the minister's neglected… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"This is a film about a problem, not a solution, and it's effectively upsetting."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A touching tale of forbidden fruit in the Middle East."
‑ Don Groves,
"The vivid cinematography gives the viewer glimpses of scenic locations throughout Israel. This is a quiet and somber journey that allows lots of time for thought and reflection on the current state of affairs in the Middle East."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"The sensuousness of Lemon Tree is its glory."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"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."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"The story, based on a real incident, may be simplistic, but that's the nature of fables. The direction is sure-handed, and the acting is good, particularly by the very appealing Abbass."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"En general no me gusta decir que una película es "necesaria" (un facilismo rimbombante en el que suelen caer muchos críticos), pero en este caso debo hacer una excepción."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"While the entire cast is very good, Abbass must carry most of the film, with little dialogue. Her subtly expressive face is a script unto itself, conveying everything from formal, traditional modesty to angry defiance."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Writer-director Eran Riklis handles these questions subtly and thoughtfully, tying the little struggle over the trees to larger issues without turning "Lemon Tree" into a parable."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The pungence of Lemon Tree is in the surreal moments that capture the pervasive unease in Gaza, and in the quiet strength of Abbass' performance."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Lemon Tree offers the bittersweet satisfaction of understanding a thorny situation a bit better. In a uniformly strong cast, Hiam Abbass is outstanding as the proud, lovely Salma."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Abbass's starkly moving performance and the film's closing shots make this metaphor for the unsolvable unforgettable."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"Has a distinct point of view on the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, but expresses it with considerable finesse as well as emotional power."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It's worth seeing Lemon Tree simply for the performance of Hiam Abbass, who is magnificent in her dignity and determination."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
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