DISENGAGEMENT (Amos Gitaï, 2007)

Désengagement culminates in Israel’s 2005 eviction of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, the “Palestinian territories” that (following Egypt) Israel had occupied since the 1967 Six-Day War. (Israel’s evacuation was unilateral, that is, without any quid pro quo with Palestinian groups.) This stunning, gut-wrenching film concludes Amos Gitaï’s Border Trilogy (Promised Land, 2004; Free Zone, […]

BIUTIFUL (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2010)

Having severed his professional partnership with scenarist Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (making vile, shameless Babel, 2006, their last film together), Mexico’s Alejandro González Iñárritu has now come after us, like a rabid dog, with Biutiful, whose imbecilic, cutesy title, suited to a schoolgirl’s misspelling (shades of Pet Sematary, 1989!), heads a dreary, morose soap opera about […]