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Disengagement (2007)

Unrated | | Drama | 9 October 2009 (USA)
A political drama centered around Israel's pullout from the occupied Gaza strip, in which a French woman of Israeli origin comes to the Gaza Strip to find her long ago abandoned daughter.


Amos Gitai




Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Ana
Liron Levo ... Uli / Ana's adopted-brother
Jeanne Moreau ... Françoise
Barbara Hendricks ... Barbara
Dana Ivgy ... Dana / Ana's daughter
Hiam Abbass ... Hiam
Tomer Russo ... Tomer
Israel Katorza ... Israel
Yussuf Abu-Warda ... Youssef
Roni Weissman ... Yael Tidhar
Uri Klauzner ... Uri
Amos Gitai ... Dani / 's friend
Verena Mundhenke ... Mimi
Rachela Nisanov Rachela Nisanov
Meir Shimoni Meir Shimoni


A story in two parts and two places. In 2005 in Avignon, a man has died; at his house his body lies in state attended by a soprano and by his daughter Ana, who is in the process of leaving her husband. His adopted son Uli, an Israeli police officer, arrives for the funeral. With Uli, Ana is playful, even foolish, and she attempts to forge a new will of her father's. The family attorney brushes aside her forgery and produces a true will that upsets Ana and sends her, with Uli, to Israel where she must visit a settlement scheduled for destruction in the Gaza disengagement. What are the wellsprings of emotion, and what of an embrace? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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strange way to get at the Gaza issue
26 June 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In Avignon, Ana (Juliette Binoche) is a flighty woman estranged from her husband. Her father lies in state. She's overjoyed when her adopted brother Uli joins her at the funeral. They try to forge their father's will. The attorney dismisses their forgery and produces the real will. It states that Ana must reconnect with her daughter whom she abandoned in a Gaza kibbutz as a teenager. She arrives just as the authorities are schedule to take down the Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip.

First, it takes a long time for the drama to start. It's not until the reading of the will after forty minutes that the drama really gets going. Before that, it's a slow meandering story. It's also a weird way to get at the Gaza issue. It seems a side entry into this important issue. Once there, it does some interesting things.

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