Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Attack: The Political is Personal

Amin is a Palestinian surgeon living and practicing in Tel Aviv. Shortly after we meet him, he wins a prestigious award. Not only is it a high honor, but he's the first Arab physician to receive this award.

Amin is a healer. We see him caring for the victims of a suicide bombing, many of whom are children. This kind of violence is incomprehensible to him. How is it possible for someone to commit such a brutal and self-destructive act? That's what he sets out to discover.

The question is not merely academic for Amin. It couldn't be more personal.

The less you know about this unforgettable thriller before seeing it, the more of an impact it will have. If you haven't already read other reviews, don't.

The Attack is directed by Ziad Doueiri, a Lebanese filmmaker, with an Israeli cast. It's been billed as an even-handed rendering of the Palestinian-Israeli quagmire, but that's for you to decide.

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