Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree

Salma, a Palestinian widow – living there for decades – , has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma’s trees pose a threat to the Ministers safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, a young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense ministers wife, trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salmas legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive. As usual the Palestinian cause is dismissed, the movie ends with the Israeli wife moving out (obviously divorcing her husband), a tall concrete wall built between between Salma’s land and the Israeli Minister’s home, implying that they found an arrangement… but a final camera shot let us see that the trees have been cut off.

~ by gabtor on April 19, 2009.

One Response to “Lemon Tree”

  1. I actually saw Lemon Tree yesterday, it was great.
    I hope that you read my review of the film, its short but good enough for me and many other readers.

    Mouhanad.

    Not Sure… (My blog)
    http://mouhanad.wordpress.com/

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