The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

23rd May, 2019 (MA15+)
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  • Director Muayad Alayan
  • Cast Maisa Abd Elhadi, Mohammad Eid, Kamel El Basha
  • Duration 132 min
  • Rating MA15+
  • Genre Drama
  • Participating Cinemas Chauvel Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Cinema Paradiso, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace James St, Palace Norton Street

Synopsis

A smart and thrilling drama that expertly unravels the political and societal tensions between West and East Jerusalem.

Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is a Palestinian deliveryman from East Jerusalem. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair with potentially catastrophic consequences. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives only escalate things further. Caught up in the occupying machinery and the constant socio-political pressure of the region, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit that not even the truth looks able to save them from.

This taut thriller set across the Israeli-Palestinian border remains staunchly unpolitical in its message. Instead, the machinations and mistrust of this highly volatile region serve simply as the masterful plot devises that drive this gripping, accomplished thriller.

Reviews

  • "This frequently taut psychosocial drama with political thriller elements deftly conveys the tensions, both physical and mental, between West and East Jerusalem..." Variety

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