The Bubble

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  • Summary: Three young Israelis, two guys and a girl, share an apartment in Tel Aviv’s hippest neighborhood. As they try to put aside political conflicts and focus on their lives and loves, these progressive 20-somethings are often accused of living in an escapist “bubble”. Among them are three youngThree young Israelis, two guys and a girl, share an apartment in Tel Aviv’s hippest neighborhood. As they try to put aside political conflicts and focus on their lives and loves, these progressive 20-somethings are often accused of living in an escapist “bubble”. Among them are three young Israeli flatmates: headstrong Lulu, who works in a bath products boutique, flamboyant Yali, who manages a trendy café, and brooding music store clerk Noam, who spends his weekends serving in the National Guard at checkpoints. When Noam meets and falls in love with a young Palestinian man named Ashraf, the young Israelis decide to help Ashraf stay on in Tel Aviv illegally. They dress him in modern Israeli garb, give him a Hebrew name and put him to work in Yali's café. They all decide to celebrate their peaceful coexistence at a beach party calling for an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories. But the young people's utopia is shattered by the political and social realities of the Middle East. (Strand Releasing) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Fox stumbles a little at the end, which is unnecessarily exaggerated. He should have trusted his own talent - it's the attention to minor details that makes his work so memorable.
  2. Director and co-writer Eytan Fox is going for a sexually democratic, politically aware variation on story themes familiar to "Sex and the City" viewers. (At one point Lulu is referred to as "Miss Israeli Carrie Bradshaw.") Surprisingly, it works, and the entire cast is excellent.
  3. The Bubble surprises us at every turn.
  4. Mr. Fox may be a romantic, but he understands that love is rarely all you need.
  5. One might question the operatic finale, which doesn't quite have the inevitability of the greatest tragic love stories. But the film's humanism gives it an overwhelming impact. To Israeli audiences, the experience must be even more explosive.
  6. It's only when The Bubble takes a swift turn into domino-tipping tragedy in the final act that a tender, fraught love story feels casually discarded in favor of something psychologically pat and ham-fistedly earth-shattering.
  7. 38
    The comedy is without distinction and the conclusion is melodramatic. I must note that ads for the film are misleading because they give no hint of the dark side of The Bubble.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. IanP.
    Sep 9, 2007
    1
    Good acting, but melodramatic, horrible ending, full of cliches about Jews, Arabs, gays. Tries to be everything to everyone and ends up Good acting, but melodramatic, horrible ending, full of cliches about Jews, Arabs, gays. Tries to be everything to everyone and ends up failing at every turn. They should have focused on hipsters in Tel Aviv, instead of trying to tell a "bigger" story about the Mideast conflict. Collapse

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