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  • Summary: A powerful crime drama set on the streets of Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood--a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians--and told through the eyes of a cross-section of the city's inhabitants: a young Israeli fighting a criminal vendetta against his family, a Palestinian refugee working illegally to finance a life-saving surgery, a Jewish police detective obsessed with finding his missing brother, and an affluent Palestinian dreaming of a future with his Jewish girlfriend. As their stories intersect--and the film's narrative shifts back and forth in time--we witness a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors. (Kino International) Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
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  1. 90
    One of the pleasures of Ajami, a tough and in many ways unsparing movie, is its deep immersion in the beats and melodies of everyday life in Jaffa and beyond.
  2. 90
    A timely and timeless look at the intersecting lives, fortunes and fates of Jews, Christians and Muslims in the fragile Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, Israel.
  3. The last thing you see in Ajami should be the first thing on your mind about this compelling new film from Israel. That would be the closing credits, written in both Hebrew and Arabic, separate but equal, side by side, mirroring the creative process behind this potent work and the story it has to tell.
  4. Ajami is Israel’s submission to the Oscars, and like the gritty "City of God" before it, it takes harrowing, tricky circumstances and illuminates them with Scorsesian snap.
  5. 75
    The latest and one of the most harrowing films set along the religious divides in Israel.
  6. Shani and Copti (who costars as a hipster druggie) elicit moving performances from their nonprofessional actors, who ground the somewhat breathless action in a streetwise realism.

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  1. MattS.
    Feb 19, 2010
    8
    Fantastic film. Similar to City of God and Gomorrah, but I think this wonderful Israeli film that is better than either of those. The performances by many non-professionals are terrific, and I loved the lived-quality of the scenes and settings, and the emotional intimacy that we shared with these well-developed characters. Well-worth checking out! Israeli cinema is on fire right now. I have a feeling that more people are going to go out of their way to see A Prophet and The White Ribbon than will seek this out -- but it's absolutely worth the effort. If you enjoyed Late Marriage, The Band's Visit or Waltz with bashir -- by all means this is a must-see. Expand

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