Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ha Buah (The Bubble)

This Eytan Fox film is a very nice romantic drama that gets you very involved very fast, that’s it until the end where it becomes a little disappointing as gets too melodramatic with a shocking but unnecessary ending, even when you understand characters motivations you feel it's quite unreal, especially when everything that have you been seeing seems absolutely real.

The movie tells about three young roommates living in Tel Aviv, gay Noam, straight Lulu and gay Yeli that you could call them idealists, as they want to stop the war between Palestine and Israel and do it by voicing their beliefs with flyers, posters and a music rave at the beach. While Jewish Noam is doing his reserve soldier work at a checkpoint he meets Palestinian Ashraf and you can say that’s love at first sight. All four end up living in a bubble in the sense that they are isolated from everything that happens everyday in that region of the world. But their bubble is as fragile as real life is and when the real region conflict closely touches their lives, nothing good could happen.

As a movie is quite good, excellent cinematography, very good production values and a great story (minus the end) makes this movie one that will keep you at the edge of your seat while watching. Then all four leads performances are extremely good which easily allows you to engage in the story.

This is one of the most beautiful totally gay interest stories that I have seen lately and will really touch you deeply, I just wish that the end could have been different -at least in another street- and then I could tell you that the film is just perfect with very good gay romance and a strong political message. Unfortunately Fox, who co wrote the screenplay, decided for a more melodramatic ending.

The movie has many nominations and awards including the C.I.C.A.E. Award and the Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule" Award for Eytan Fox at the 2007 Berlinale. The film should be for all audiences as is truly good but I know that because it plays with so many controversial and not generally easy to watch situations (gay romance, Jewish/Palestinian romance, Israel/Palestine conflict, etc.) it is best suited for those that really have an open mind.

This is a must be seen movie for those that like serious gay interest movies and those that enjoy truly beautiful romance with a so-so ending. I enjoyed this movie a lot more than what I imagined I would do.


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