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Love, Theft and Other Entanglements

Program Running Time 94 min.

Jul 11 06:30 pm

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Directed By: Muayad Alayan
(Palestine, 2015, 94 mins, DCP)

In this Palestinian comedy-thriller, Sami Metwasi plays Mousa, a petty thief looking to leave his home behind. There’s a chance to sneak out through Israel to Italy, but our hero will need $5,000 cash. He steals a Volkswagen, expecting a big payoff, but there’s an awful surprise in the trunk, and poor Mousa winds up caught between Palestinian militants and Israeli intelligence in a deadly dilemma.

Love, Theft and Other Entanglements

(2015, 94 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Sami Metwasi, Maya Abu Alhayyat, Ramzi Maqdisi, Riyad Sliman, Kamel Elbasha, Hussein Nakhleh, Valantina Abu Oqsa
Classification: 19+

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Jul 11 06:30 pm

In this Palestinian comedy-thriller, Sami Metwasi plays Mousa, a petty thief looking to leave his home behind. There’s a chance to sneak out through Israel to Italy, but our hero will need $5,000 cash. He steals a Volkswagen, expecting a big payoff, but there’s an awful surprise in the trunk, and poor Mousa winds up caught between Palestinian militants and Israeli intelligence in a deadly dilemma. Adding to his distress are his enraged father, his estranged daughter and her mother—married to another man, and sleeping with Mousa on the side. Talk about entanglements!

Shot in smooth black and white, mixing menace and humour, and fusing realism and genre trappings with a sly playfulness, this is a film that recalls the French New Wave while remaining utterly current in its politics. It’s a movie with a lot going for it: as a metaphor for Palestinian entrapment, it’s incisive; as a dark comedy, it’s mirthful and rueful in equal measure; and as a portrait of a man trying against all odds to be good, it’s very moving. Metsawi is superb in the lead role; his Mousa is a small man caught, like all Palestinians, between horrible extremes. The film is about his reach towards redemption, and it makes for a thrilling tale.

"Beautifully filmed in black and white in a knowing retro style flashing on the Fifties and Sixties, with a bit of French New Wave thrown in… there is an original voice here that will keep interest high in the director’s future work." Jay Weissberg, Variety

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