The Little Traitor

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Released 2007

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Director:
Lynn Roth
Released:
2007
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Based on the novel "Panther in the Basement" by the world renowned author, Amos Oz, "The Little Traitor" takes place in 1947 Palestine, just before Israel becomes a state. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive twelve year old, has grown up under the British Mandate and wants nothing more than for the occupying British to get out of his land. Proffy and his two friends are always plotting ways to terrorize the British until one evening, while he's out after curfew, Proffy is seized by Sergeant Dunlop (Alfred Molina). Instead of arresting him, Dunlop escorts him home and a friendship begins to develop between these two foes. As neighborhood tensions escalate between the British and the underground Jewish rebellion, their relationship becomes increasingly complicated. While Proffy has learned a great deal from his mentor, he is shunned by his friends and accused by his neighbors and community of being a "traitor".

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The film is clever in using a child to tease out the misunderstandings that arise between those on opposite sides, even when the river of emotions that should course through The Li...

  • 40

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A muddled morality tale more interested in coming of age than getting of wisdom.

  • 40

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Sentimental and a bit too cute in evoking a child's-eye view, the picture, nevertheless will please its target Jewish auds.

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