In Between

Film, Drama
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In Between

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The cast shine in this controversial Palestinian film about party girls.

Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud received a huge backlash in her home country with the release of her debut feature film: a fatwa was even issued against her. Why all the fuss? ‘In Between’ is about three Israeli-Palestinian women living in a flat in Tel Aviv: party animals Layla and Salma, and the more traditional Nour. It features drugs, booze, a lot of partying and some lesbianism. Little wonder that it wasn’t a hit with the conservative Muslim community.

‘In Between’ is a great film. The performances are fantastic – as the gorgeous, headstrong Laila, Mouna Hawa is mesmerising. It’s not always uplifting but it is compassionate and intelligent. When the central characters tell douchebags to go take a hike, I defy anyone in the audience not to do a little whoop for these inspiring women. But the biggest cheer should go to the brilliant Hamoud for bringing this story to our screens. 

By: Gail Tolley



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Release date:
Friday September 22 2017
101 mins

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Layla, a lawyer and party girl share a flat with Salma, a Christian Lesbian who floats between jobs and met their new flatmate Nour, who wears hijab and in her final year at university.

At first glance, this combination would be disastrous. And it can be at times but as the films develop, the three blossom to forge a loving, supportive and fun friendship.  There are so many funny  and joyful and heart wrenching moments.

Other Palestinian films usually examine the Arab-Israeli politics. This film stunningly explore the politics of sex, women, men-women, piety, family and every aspect that makes us human. A lot of the situations are recognizable in any culture, especially since even in 2017, women are getting more oppressed and the people who are doing it to them are usually family, parents and men who claimed to love them - in this film very strongly shown through Nour's fiance, Layla's ideal boyfriend and Salma's parents.

You cheer for the girls as they tackle their oppressors one by one. Asking the right questions,

Layla and Salma to Nour about her fiance, "But do you love him?"

and looking into themselves and their friends for strength to make the kind of life that they choose to live.

I loved this film - all 3 women had strong & credible characterisation, great exploration of sisterly strength in urban living against conservative values, and Nour's development was strongest. Glad this went from 5 to 28 screens and is pulling the punters. Go see it!