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  1. ayala
    Jun 11, 2005
    10
    Great film, shocking!!
  2. YoonCho
    Sep 21, 2003
    9
    This movie tells three stories about the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. We often hear of the violence in the news but this movie humanizes what to most of is simply a political story. The first story involves a Israeli truck driver who accidentally runs over a Palestinian youth. Violence is averted when Israeli offers a spare tire as compensation for the dead boy. It's a This movie tells three stories about the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. We often hear of the violence in the news but this movie humanizes what to most of is simply a political story. The first story involves a Israeli truck driver who accidentally runs over a Palestinian youth. Violence is averted when Israeli offers a spare tire as compensation for the dead boy. It's a double-edged criticism of both sides: Palestinians may seem inhuman to accept the tire but maybe that's the best they can hope for in terms of justice. In the second story, a Palestinian woman tries to escape from her fundamentalist Islamic husband who, in her flashback, had once been a modern, westernized man but who may have turned to radical Islam for personal or nationalistic reasons. Unable to cope as a virtual slave in male dominated society she desperately tries to find freedom. This segment is least ambiguous and is a direct and justified condemnation of certain aspects of Islamic values. The third segment which is the longest and by far the best, deals with an Israeli farmer who has a dalliance with an Arab servant girl, accidentally kills her, and then pressures his male Arab employee to hide the body. When the body is found, suspicions grow and the story develops into a penetrating study of relationships based on unequal power, tribal bloodoath, and suppressed but seething ethnic hatred. Unforgettable and truly illuminating study of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A must-see for anyone who only knows of the Israeli conflict thru the news of bombings and other forms of violence. Expand
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  1. 88
    It is haunting in its literal and symbolic meanings, which is the powerful, lingering effect of Yellow Asphalt.
  2. More than the sum of its parts.
  3. 40
    Though it's tempting to praise Verete for having the courage to show the worst of both worlds, only a propagandist could get away with being so reductive; an artist should be held to a higher standard.