BUNGALOW (Ulrich Köhler, 2002)

Bungalow, Ulrich Köhler’s first feature, reminds me of Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces (1970) insofar as its protagonist is another, though younger social misfit and dropout who goes home to where he doesn’t belong—in his case, his parents’ summer home, in his parents’ absence, in a small village in southern Germany. Paul, who is 19, […]

LEMON TREE (Eran Riklis, 2008)

Patient, tenacious, engrossing, quietly devastating, the Israeli film Etz halimon—in Arabic, Shajarat limon—is enormously effective propaganda targeting by dint of metaphor Israel’s Wall of Separation, which, surrounding the West Bank and Gaza, has drawn criticism for bounding beyond Israel’s security needs by ghettoizing Palestinians in an effort that some believe seeks to strangle Palestinian livelihood […]