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Wednesday, 19 May 2010
The emotional depth of Hiam Abbass (The Visitor 2008) performance raises Eran Riklis Israeli drama Lemon Tree (2008) above its simple but absorbing story. It involves a poor Palestinian widow, Salma (Abbass) deprived of her beloved lemon grove by the absurd Israeli security measures following the relocation of Israel’s Minister of Defences to his new house opposite her lemon grove, situated on the green line border between Israel and the West bank. Salma's trees allegedly pose a treat to the Ministers security; orders are issued to remove them. With the help of a young Palestinian lawyer Salma decides to go all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her beloved grove. The film reflects the ongoing dark and complex struggle in the Middle East. An intelligent, entertaining and absorbing film with extremely good performances from its cast. World cinema at its best.