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The Attack (2013)

The Attack

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

June 21, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

102 min.

Studio

Cohen Media Group

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Ziad Doueiri

Producer

Jean Brehat

Screenwriter

Ziad Doueiri

Starring

  • Ali Suliman
  • Evgenia Dodena
  • Reymond Amsalem
  • Dvir Benedek
  • Uri Gavriel
  • Ruba Salameh
  • Karim Saleh
  • Ramzi Makdessi

Story


When a suicide bomber strikes at a Tel Aviv cafe, Dr. Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman), a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a highly respected surgeon, treats the wounded victims of the blast at a nearby hospital - at least those who will let him, as some refuse to be attended to by a Palestinian. Jaafari is not unaccustomed to such affronts, but this dreadful day has a far ruder shock in store. Late that night, Jaafari is called back to the hospital to identify the body of the bomber: his wife.

In an instant, Jaafari's comfortable life is shattered. Grief-stricken, wracked by guilt and tormented by his own incomprehension, the doctor embarks on a desperate journey to understand his wife's motivations for her terrible act. Retracing his wife's recent trip to the occupied West Bank, where she had claimed to be visiting relatives, Jaafari goes in search of the people who recruited her, a voyage fraught with danger and surprises. What begins as an investigation, however, gradually evolves into a painful and revealing self-reckoning, as Jaafari is forced to confront the sum of his own life's choices and the shaky foundations of his overlapping identities: as a Palestinian, an Israeli citizen, a doctor, and a husband.

Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by the pseudonymous Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra, the new film from director Ziad Doueiri (West Beirut) is both a psychological thriller and an incisive exploration of one of the most complex political-ideological issues of our time. Lucid, precise and fearless, The Attack foregoes sermonizing, simplification and manipulation to remind us of cinema's ability to engage with a charged political reality, to undermine the stereotypes that help fuel it and reveal it in its full, tragic, human dimension.

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Ali Suliman stars as Amin Jaafari in Focus Features' The Attack (2013)
Evgenia Dodena stars as Kim and Ali Suliman stars as Amin Jaafari in Focus Features' The Attack (2013)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..writer-director Ziad Doueiri's drama is a gripping, personal examination of a seemingly unresolvable conflict..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
“..much of "The Attack," then, is less about politics or violence than about a man wrestling with the sudden and traumatic loss of his own identity..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
“..the most frightening thing in the movie-maybe in the movies this year-is her loving decency..”
by Alan Scherstuhl [Village Voice]