Lemon Tree

Posted on: 07 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

Laurence Green reviews Eran Riklis’s Lemon Tree .

A small film with a big impact, Eran Riklis’s Lemon Tree puts a human face on the Israeli/Palestine standoff.

Based on a true story, the film turns a simple snapshot of a minor political situation into a touching and memorable analogy for a country divided.

A Palestinian widow finds her beloved lemon grove threatened when an Israeli government minister moves in next door and with the help of a determined lawyer, takes her case to the high court.

Expertly handled by director Riklis, this is a pertinent and well acted drama with a standout performance by Palestinian actess Hiam Abass - The Visitor - in the central role in which the personal meets the political.

By Laurence Green

Where: Curson Soho and other small cinemas.


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