Sunday, December 5, 2021

Review of ‘Gaza, Mon Amour’: a kind of sweet incredible love story

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The crooked, low-key Palestinian film Gaza Mon Amour is a gentle comic reminder that love stories not only come in different ages, humors and manners, but can also occur under any conditions. The Nasser brothers, Tarzan and the Arab, twin filmmakers, are transforming the gray, tense darkness of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into a place where an unmarried 60-year-old fisherman named Issa (Salim Daw) can afford to fall in love with a widowed dressmaker. , Siham (Khiam Abbas from “Continuity”).

However, being a romantic can seem like defiance in an environment marked by anxiety, tradition, and limitations. For Issa’s domineering sister with good intentions, fitness for a wife trumps heart attacks. There is no future in Gaza for his salesman friend who is anxious to flee to Europe. It’s unclear if the quiet, hardworking Siham suspects that the everyday little things of her market mate mean something else, unclear, but we feel like she feels like she has enough to live with her constantly frowning, divorced daughter and bored at work in a depressed economy.

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Courtship is not so much a story as it is creating an atmosphere of melancholy in which the possible rapprochement of two separately lonely, difficult, but worthy lives will feel that way. This is why the Nassers spend a fair amount of time on an almost Kafkaesque story about Issa’s clash with the Hamas authorities over a hazy statue of Apollo, which he accidentally pulled out of the sea; what for Issa is a sign of impending love in his life is suspicious smuggling to the police.

However, the odyssey with the statues is less interesting than the accumulating detail in the delicately carved characters of Dow and Abbas, who keep us in a state of sweet anticipation. Discreet and likable, Nasser’s Gaza Mon Amour is a film in which there is no sense in using sentimentality, but in it everything is decided by simple kindness, a nervous smile or cathartic laughter. Which often happens.

“Strip my love”

Arabic with English subtitles

Not rated

Duration: 1 hour 27 minutes

Plays: Starts Friday, Laemmle Royal, West Los Angeles

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