God's Sandbox (Tahara)
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Israeli director Doron Eran attacks the subject of ritual female circumcision in his 2002 film God's Sandbox. Hunting for her runaway daughter Rachel (Orly Perl) in Sinai, well-to-do author Liz (Razia Israeli) finally locates her -- and her daughter's Bedouin boyfriend Mustafa (Sami Samir). Upon learning of Liz's profession, Mustafa recalls a tale from his youth about a beautiful, liberated woman named Leila (Meital Dohan) who fell in love with a Bedouin's son named Najim (Juliano Merr). Najim's father learns of the romance and the two are forbidden to marry as they had… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"God's Sandbox is well-shot and well-filmed, somewhat over-acted, and interesting primarily because it goes so crazily off the rails, both romantically and politically."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"With his third feature, Eran proves a skilled director of actors but still has much to learn about how to shape a picture and sharpen details that will give his work more clarity and meaning."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This purplishly written and amateurishly acted piece makes a mockery of Arab-Israeli relations by using them as a basis for exotic eroticism."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The film falls into a melodramatic and soapy love story that makes you cringe as much as the horrific scenes of the brutal circumcision."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Plays as much like a sun-baked edition of Red Shoe Diaries gone horribly wrong as the social protest item makers intended."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"A fairly well-made film, reasonably directed by Eran, and it is a plea for women's rights as the Middle East gradually transitions from a tradition-bound society to a modern one."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Eran doesn't seem to know, or care much, whether he's making feminist agitprop or softcore porn. The two don't mix well."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
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