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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (Arabic and Hebrew, subtitled)

Sarah is Israeli and works in a cafe in Jerusalem, and Saleem is Palestinian and works as a deliveryman. Saleem delivers to her café, and at nights, they meet and have sex in his van. One night, Saleem invites Sarah to the West Bank to have a drink, a place where he feels that both can be together as regular people. But there is an altercation with one of the patrons of the bar, and soon Saleem finds himself arrested and being asked questions about his “recruiting” Sarah for political purposes. The film thoughtfully and expertly tells the story of the effect that this night has on both of them and their families: Saleem’s wife is pregnant with their first child, and Sarah’s husband is a high-ranking officer in the Israeli military. The story unfolds in a very engaging and deliberate way within the social-political context engaging East and West Banks. The two face crucial decisions that will have consequences for their families. The performances of the 4 key leads are wonderful and full of depth. Big thumbs up for a film that explores the places where very different cultures meet and explores the complexity of the decisions that we make.

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