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Free Zone (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 April 2006 (USA)
Two women embark on a road trip after they are brought together by circumstance. Rebecca (Portman) flees her hotel after a fight with her mother-in-law (Maura) and hails a taxi driven by Hanna (Lazlo).

Director:

Amos Gitai

Writers:

Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme (as Marie José Sanselme)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Natalie Portman ... Rebecca
Hana Laslo ... Hanna Ben Moshe (as Hanna Laslo)
Hiam Abbass ... Leila
Carmen Maura ... Mrs. Breitberg
Makram Khoury ... Samir aka "The American"
Aki Avni ... Julio
Uri Klauzner ... Moshe Ben Moshe
Liron Levo ... Border Security
Tomer Russo ... Border Security
Adnan Tarabshi Adnan Tarabshi ... Petrol Station Owner
Shredi Jabarin ... Walid (as Shredy Gabarin)
Kobi Lieber Kobi Lieber ... Radio Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Rebecca, a young American lady who has been living in Jerusalem for a while, suddenly breaks off her engagement with Julio, her Israeli fiancé. In a state of emotional shock she gets into a taxi and asks the diver to take her anywhere she likes but away from the place where she broke up. Although reluctant, Hanna, the driver lets her accompany her to Jordan's Free Zone where she is to meet "The American", her husband Moshe's Palestinian business partner. Once there, they realize "The American" is not there but a Palestinian woman named Leila offers them, after much bickering with Hanna, to take them to the oasis where "The American" lives... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

First Israeli movie shot in Jordan. See more »

Goofs

When the vehicle is just approaching the border crossing near the end of the film (1:23:00 on the DVD) we can see the silhouette of someone wearing a baseball cap moving about in the back of the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rebecca: [after prolonged sitting in car crying] Can we go? Can we leave this place? Please.
Hanna: Where to?
Rebecca: I don't know. Let's get out of here, please.
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Connections

Featured in In Reverse: Hana Laslao (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Had Gadia
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User Reviews

 
Disappointing
8 May 2008 | by sbekamSee all my reviews

I had seen a couple of Amos Gitai's movies and enjoyed his work specially Kadosh which was well done and based on my previous impression of him, when I came across Free Zone, I bought the DVD. However, Free Zone is a disappointing movie. No real story line, weak connection between plots, awful sound quality, long meaningless shots, primitive acting (specially by Hana Laszlo when she is milking the cows and hears the explosion and other scenes) and so many other flaws. Opening scene did not make sense and too long, closing scene was primitive as well. It seemed like maybe Gitai wanted to relay a message in this movie showing life and misery of living in that part of the world. But he failed in his effort. Special feature on the back of DVD indicates optional English subtitle. Except a few scenes that characters spoke Hebrew or Arabic, there is no subtitle. I normally watch my movies to the end for if I may miss something but was tempted to turn this off a few times. I would not recommend wasting money or time on this movie.


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Country:

Israel | Belgium | France | Spain

Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serbest bölge See more »

Filming Locations:

Free Zone, Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,234,567 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,618, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$32,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$427,083
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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