FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

Alternative media at the BJFF

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2012

After six decades of futility, maybe it's time for a new approach to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Some of the films in this year's Boston Jewish Film Festival offer solutions that sound a little crazy, except when you consider the alternatives.

For example, if negotiations between the living don't work, how about conferring with the dead? In Marco Carmel's flaky but irresistible My Lovely Sister (2011; screens November 15 @ 7 pm, West Newton Cinema) Rahma has disowned her younger sibling, Mary, after she marries an Arab. Or is it because she suspects that her husband Robert has the hots for Mary and maybe had an affair with her? Either way, Rahma tells her sister she's "dead" to her, which becomes complicated when Mary drops dead for real and her ghost haunts her — and flirts with Robert. Carmel takes this variation on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, addles it with folklore and schmaltz, and ends up with a spectral vindication of love and forgiveness.

If the supernatural doesn't do the trick, how about another medium: the Internet? The title vessel in Thierry Binisti's poignant and complex A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2010; screens November 10 @ 7 pm, Coolidge Corner) contains a letter from Tal, a teenage Israeli girl, to any Palestinian who finds it. Naïm, a teenager in Gaza City, retrieves the note, and at first he responds with sarcasm. But their exchange deepens, just in time for the Israeli attack on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, to threaten their fragile connection with suspicion and hostility. Binisti's premise may sound naïve at first, but it sure beats hatred, fear, death, and destruction.

THE 24TH BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL | November 7-19 at Coolidge Corner + Museum of Fine Arts + Somerville + West Newton + Arlington Capitol + Suburbs

  Topics: Features , Boston Jewish Film Festival
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY PETER KEOUGH
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BUFFET DINING: THE 15TH BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 19, 2013
    "Copraphagy" is a key word at this year's Boston Underground Film Festival at the Brattle.
  •   REVIEW: GINGER & ROSA  |  March 19, 2013
    Sally Potter likes to mess around with form and narrative.
  •   UNDERGROUND CINEMA: THE 12TH BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 12, 2013
    This year's Boston Turkish Film Festival includes works in which directors ponder the relationships between the secular and the religious, between men and women, and between destiny and identity.
  •   REVIEW: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III  |  March 12, 2013
    In Roman Coppola's sophomoric second feature (his 2001 debut CQ was promising), Charlie Sheen shows restraint as the titular asshole, a dissolute ad designer and solipsistic whiner who's mooning over the loss of his latest love.
  •   REVIEW: UPSIDE DOWN  |  March 14, 2013
    Had Ed Wood Jr. directed Fritz Lang's Metropolis , he couldn't have achieved the earnest dopiness of Juan Solanas's sci-fi allegory — nor the striking images.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH