Time Out says
Set in Palestine but made in Italy (not that you’d know it), this superior, suspenseful drama deploys the family members’ relationships both with one another and with their oppressors to explore – with eloquence and dramatic efficacy – a range of issues to do with submission and resistance. Muscular performances and hand-held camerawork give the film a raw immediacy, and black and white moralising is carefully avoided; it’s soon made clear that in such a situation there are no winners, only losers. At the same time, the film does find room for hope – some characters at least are aware that violence can never be anything but a last, desperate resort that usually solves nothing. Strong stuff, but very sensible, too.
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