Private (2005)

Mohammad, his wife and their five children live in a large, isolated house located halfway between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement. The house, in the crossfire of the two sides, is a strategic lookout point that the Israeli… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: November 18, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Italian director Saverio Costanzo delivers a gritty and intimate drama about how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affects a Palestinian family and the Israeli soldiers occupying their home.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

A sketchy but compelling Italian movie about Middle East power struggles.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

While the film is ultimately too limited in its scope to have much lingering impact, it does make for a thoughtful addition to the growing list of films dealing with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... as politically defiant a metaphor for Israeli-Palestinian relations in the occupied territories as you'll ever see on screen.

Full review…
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The film's paranoia and sense of futility won't change your feelings about the Middle East. But it may open your eyes to the sense of violation that drives the endless cycle of violence there.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

The young Italian director Saverio Costanzo puts an unnervingly intimate twist on the costs of military occupation in this aptly claustrophobic drama.

Empire Magazine

The script is occasionally heavy-handed in laying out motivation and meaning, but excellent performances from the Israeli-Palestinian cast and a chilling moral elevate this to more than 'issue film' status.

Full review…
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

... involving and provocative ...

Full review…
Kyle Smith
New York Post

The Palestinian characters are so thinly conceived that they might as well be named Victims One through Seven, and they're far more developed than the Israeli characters.

Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Costanzo's debut feature film is potent stuff.

Full review…
More reviews for Private

Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Private" a Palestinian family is not only living in the battlefield of the occupied West Bank but now they must face the… More