Laila (who loves to flirt) starts seriously dating a man, Ziad, who had his eye on her from a wedding they both attended. Ziad is VERY attracted to Laila, particularly b/c she is an uninhibited/beautiful/strong woman. Salma quits her restaurant job, after she and a fellow Palestinian coworker are yelled at by their (Israeli) boss for joking around (in Arabic) in the kitchen. She also has to deal w/ dinners set-up by her wealthy parents to introduce her to single men.
 …the movie is also very much about sisters doing it for themselves. There’s an automatic solidarity whereby women– at least young women of similar ages– are all automatically soulmates; and men, it almost goes without saying, are swine. Despite those stereotypes, the movie holds interest by virtue of believable acting and believable situations.
 The three women characters were believable, warm, expressing solidarity to each other despite their very different personalities and lifestyles. The theme of personal conflicts between tradition and modernity is not new. What makes this film different is that the issues are very real and current and those outside the tradition don’t see it.
-Excerpts from IMDB reviews
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Here is a new article re: this film-
I suppose at least she can say she made an impact. But death threats are horrible.
Oh, I also found out that this movie was banned in a Palestinian city. The director got some death threats (b/c of troubling events depicted & liberal lifestyles of two of the characters). Seems like a LOT of ppl can’t handle reality that is going on in modern world…
It’s so true (and not just in Palestine). I was at a family party Saturday that really almost threw me into despair. I try to tell myself those people will eventually die, but they seem to continue to perpetuate their attitudes.
Interesting. I’ve always thought that it’s one dimension of the Israeli / Palestinian question that gets lost in the political discussion — Israelis are among the most secular people of the world vs Palestianians, many of whom are very traditional.
Oh yeah, I learned a BIT re: Israel from classmates, incl a V smart/chatty Israeli lady who married a Jewish man from Tucson (my hometown). She drove jeep in Army as a young woman & said that Israelis are some of the most extroverted/opinionated ppl in the world.
Yeah, there’s a definite “sabra” (Jew born / raised in Israel) vibe that even becomes an occasional issue inside the US Jewish communities.