The Bubble (Ha Buah)
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Director Eytan Fox bursts the idyllic bubble of cosmopolitan Tel Aviv with this thought-provoking meditation on cultural relations concerning a brooding Israeli reserve soldier who enters into a passionate same-sex affair with an intense Palestinian man. Noam (Ohad Knoller) shares his posh Tel Aviv apartment with progressive-minded twentysomething Lulu (Daniela Wircer) and flamboyant café owner Yali (Alon Friedman). It was during checkpoint duty that Noam first made the acquaintance of intense and handsome Palestinian Ashraf (Yousef "Joe" Sweid). Though their initial meeting was… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"The casting is spot-on; the blend of erotic comedy and political drama is stunningly smooth; the finale is both devastating and inevitable."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Fox's look at Tel Aviv's politically active youth culture is charming, but the movie's descent into melodramatic schmaltz robs it of its drive."
‑ Sean Means,
"You'd think a movie with characters named Golan and Jihad might be heavy-handed, but writer/director Eytan Fox makes sure the action is based in characterizations that make sense."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"An engaging love story set in Tel Aviv squanders its good vibes with a totally unbelievable violent finale."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sometimes perceptive, sometimes formulaic."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"As forcefully optimistic and it is frankly unconvincing, the soapy Israeli-made The Bubble is a cry for peace from the comfort of the couch."
‑ , Toronto Star
"There are three films competing for attention in The Bubble, and they do not always coexist gracefully."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Real love is often as complicated and painful as Middle Eastern politics, and Fox might have been better off acknowledging that, rather than making his characters such vague, sweet, safe ciphers."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"It's as if Fox sets out to punish his characters for their ignorance, abandoning a sensitive and occasionally surprising love story in favour of political cliché."
‑ Jason McBride, Globe and Mail
"fascinating and incisive"
‑ Don Willmott,
"This Israeli-made drama is perhaps too overtly political for its own good."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The Bubble makes a point well worth considering."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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