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  • Summary: Amos Gitai's beautiful new film is a quietly sweeping movie about intersected lives in transit. (New Yorker Films)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 70
    Gitai's experimental technique in Free Zone is dizzying, sometimes thrilling.
  2. Natalie Portman demonstrates tour de force weeping in the back of a taxi as an American searching for her roots in Israel.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Unfortunately, the characters feel more like symbols than people, despite strong performances, including what might be Portman's finest work to date.
  4. 58
    Like a lot of Gitaï's films, Free Zone is part history, part allegory, and part art. Both the history and art hold their fascinations.
  5. The movie works best as a car's-eye travelogue of Jordan. And the three women might be good company on another, less stressful trip. Say to the Caribbean.
  6. 50
    The three women deliver solid performances, but the film is diluted by the use of flashbacks superimposed over present-time scenes. The result is visual chaos.
  7. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    30
    A road picture mired by unsteady camera work, lackadaisical pacing and cumbersome speechmaking, Free Zone is an excruciating cinematic trek. Israeli director Amos Gitai's narrative, both visually and conversationally, is a disappointing dud.

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