Sunday, July 8, 2012

12. The Bubble (2006)


The Bubble is a movie by Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox set in Tel Aviv.  There are many films which have been made about the Israeli/Palestine conflict with a recent film festival at the Barbican Centre in London showcasing some new Palestinian cinema on this topic.  But, since it was world gay pride in London yesterday I thought I would start with a movie which focuses on a number of themes including sexuality and conflict.  

In Habuah, a young Israeli soldier Noam falls for an Arab man, Ashraf.  A modern Romeo and Juliet (or Romeo and Romeo) the film is set against the turbulent backdrop of the conflict.  Fox includes scenes of young people partying, taking drugs, listening to techno, protesting for peace in the beautiful city.  However, the film ultimately concludes in tragedy, showing how there are no winners in the conflict.  

I am a big fan of Eytan Fox's movies and really enjoyed this movie.  There are other great movies on sexuality in Israel including a more recent film called Eyes Wide Open (2009) Einayim Petukhoth (original title).  Worth watching.  

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