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Free Zone (2005)

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)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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Details

Country:

Israel | Belgium | France | Spain

Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

9 June 2005 (Israel) 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,381, 30 July 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,382, 9 July 2006
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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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My 2 cents
3 February 2007 | by ott_dogSee all my reviews

This is more of a response to the latest post by "Mrnaturalsez". I guess we are expected to take your word on a movie instead of the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival, which incidentally gave this move high praise. The film was an interesting, raw look at Jerusalem and Jordan as one would see it as a traveller. Plot has nothing to do with appreciating this movie, so I think you missed the mark. The story was used as a reason to explore the middle eastern culture. It was also interesting seeing Natalie Portman speak in her native Hebrew language. The film drew upon Portman's real life, as she was born in Isreal and had a Jewish father and American mother. Some films are watched for action, others for art, but I guess one will believe what one wants. There's my 2 cents.


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