Etz Limon (Lemon Tree)
Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 17, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

This is a film about a problem, not a solution, and it's effectively upsetting.

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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.

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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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Don Groves

A touching tale of forbidden fruit in the Middle East.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
A story of pride and principal. A Palestinian woman's lemons come into harms way when an Israeli politician moves in next door. It's almost like one… More
John Ballantine
Marvellous true story. A story of communication or lack of it across political and religious divides. The neutral viewer can only imagine how this tale would… More
Mark Abell
A most infuriating film, pitting a Palestinian widow against the security forces of the Israeli defense minister whose family has moved in next door. Not only… More
Nicolas Korovessis
A small film with a big heart and a great performance validated by a Palestinian winning Israel's version of the Best Actress Oscar.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Most homeowners would love to have a lemon grove overlooking their property but the one in "The Lemon Tree" is in the West Bank… More
Leo L
Intriguing movie! Here is a drama that centralizes around a lonely woman and her lemon grove. When her new neighbors arrive, the grove is a threat and must be… More