For My Father: Learning to Live Together

3 10 2010

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 100 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes: 40%, 5.4/10 (only 1o reviews)

When I first picked up For My Father, I was wary about how an Israeli movie would depict a Palestinian suicide bomber. It turned out to be more than I expected. For My Father depicts a Palestinian man who plans on detonating himself in an Israeli market until his bomb malfunctions. While trying to get it fixed, he learns to live with the Israelis around him. The ending is anything but expected, but what is more important is the time in between the beginning and end.

For My Father puts faces on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a way that is difficult to do in real life. Although perhaps a bit unrealistic, it gives a new face to the violence that has been plaguing the region for decades. Some critics have called For My Father “well-intentioned” but missing the mark. It’s not the best cinematography or the most unbiased of films. It is still an Israeli movie about a conflict that Israelis are involved in. And of course it won’t change the minds of most people, and it certainly won’t bring peace overnight, but For My Father does challenge the way we live on a daily basis, forcing us to confront our stereotypes about those whom we call our own and even more importantly those whom we hate.

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