Free Zone

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Released 2005

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Director:
Amos Gitai
Released:
2005
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Free Zone follows Rebecca (Natalie Portman), a Jewish-American girl living in Jerusalem. She's left the life she had built in the United States to search for her identity in the Middle East, but her life is unraveling. She's just broken up with her fianc'' and, at her wit's end, hops in a cab and asks the driver to take her anywhere. Hanna (Hana Laslo) is starting a journey of her own, a grueling eight-hour drive to the Free Zone at the border of Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. There, ethnic groups that war with each other and among themselves elsewhere in the region are able to come together for commerce. She's hoping to collect a large debt owed her husband, who was injured in a Palestinian bombing. Unfortunately, her husband's business contact, and the money, is no where to be found and Hanna and Rebecca must rely on Laila (Hiam Abbass), a Palestinian, to lead them to the shadowy figure. The film garnered Laslo the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress award.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 67

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Natalie Portman demonstrates tour de force weeping in the back of a taxi as an American searching for her roots in Israel.

  • 60

    Variety Derek Elley

    Amos Gitai's most satisfying pic since war drama "Kippur." Schematic set-up is given a human face by fine performances and a physical journey that's often more interesting than the...

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    If the strong performances of its three stars infuse this metaphorically clotted movie with some life, the screenplay (some of which was improvised) has a weak narrative pulse. Thi...

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