the bubble / go west
n3ws.info: The Bubble: Ohad Knoller, Yousef 'Joe' Sweid, Daniela Wircer, Not Rated; Studio: Strand Releasing; DVD Release Date: February 12, Director: Eytan Fox. Principal cast: Ohad Knoller, Yousef Sweid, Daniela Virtzer, Alon Friedman. Since the advent of story-telling, people of all. (Ha-Buah) Posted online, February The Bubble is a powerful film that combines comedy, romance and political drama. who think that this might be a cute date movie that The Bubble resembles Bob Fosse's Cabaret in many ways.
Indulge me for a minute while I describe an extraordinary scene transition that occurs early in The Bubble. Lulu has just gone to bed with her new boyfriend.
We watch a tightly cropped shot of the back of the man's head as it travels down her body, past her breasts to her stomach. There is a cut to Lulu's smiling face but when the camera cuts again to the back of the man's head we suddenly notice that the stomach beneath is covered with hair.
As the head raises, we see that we are now with Noam and Ashraf! This is a small detail but it illustrates the director's craft that is displayed throughout the film. It is interesting to note that, according to imdb. I guess that a few moments were deemed too racy for his own country.
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The DVD includes a nice documentary that was aired on Israeli television, trailers and a music video. This is a remarkable film and it should not be missed. Go West is also a "forbidden" love story set against a backdrop of war. The film begins in Sarajevo, inas the conflict in Bosnia was exploding into genocide. Milan, a Serb "playing hookey" from the patriarchal village where he grew up, is attending the university.
His secret lover is a man named Kenan; a Muslim cellist. Their taboo relationship is about to get very dangerous, not just along sexual lines but also from racial ones. The lovers are forced to flee the city as Serbian troops begin to indulge in the practice that has since become known as "ethnic cleansing.
Escape is now their only option and it looks, for a moment, like the game is over when they are rounded up with other refugees in a train station for inspection. In desperation, Milan cuts off some of his long hair and borrows a scarf to disguise his beloved as a woman, and this deception saves Kenan's life. The two men "go west" across the war-torn country, taking shelter in Milan's home village, a remote mining town, until they can acquire papers in order to escape to Holland.
The tone of Go West reminded me of early Czech cinema with its strange mix of wartime horror and dark humor. The film's opening recalls the night scenes from The Third Man as a military transport patrols the city.
A beautiful, if incongruous, image follows as Kenan runs across the street, carrying a cello case, on his way to a concert for peace. While Kenan plays his cello, Milan is humiliated by a nationalistic student in his martial arts class.
Milan knows that there will soon be bloodshed but Kenan refuses, at first, to run.
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It isn't long before we are plunged into the heart of darkness and many of the early scenes are almost unbearable. But Go West lightens up for a bit during its middle third when the lovers reach Milan's village. Their ruse fools the villagers, including Milan's jubilant father. Kenan makes a convincing, if plain, woman, and smart audiences will relish the irony as the town throws the "lovebirds" a traditional wedding.
One of the charms of many foreign films is the way that they are steeped in native customs and folklore, and Go West has these in abundance.
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Many supporting characters are fully realised eccentrics straight from a Dostoevsky novel. A leg-less, bearded, Orthodox priest descends from on high by being pushed down a mining track in a rickety wheelchair; he is wont to bend his sermons into political rants. A band consisting of electric guitars and an accordion performs a song about Serbian independence to music that sounds like slavic Elvis. Two villagers have fun with chainsaws. Ranka and Kenan share some of Go West's finest moments, in addition to providing the film's broadest comedy.
The women in the village won't speak with Ranka, and the men only want to have sex with her and she revels in her good fortune to have a new friend. They bond while doing chores and smoking pot. God has made their well gone dry, Ranka tells Kenan, because their people once "purged" a Muslim village and that is why they are walking to that deserted town for water.
Ranka is a lusty Earth Mother, and she's also pretty damned nosy, and so it is a foregone conclusion that she will eventually discover that Kenan is a man. When she does, be prepared for one of the most uncomfortably funny scenes I have ever seen in a movie.
Though the village scenes are light compared to the opening terror in Sarajevo, they are nevertheless bleak; the color sometimes bleached out of the celluloid. Director Imamovic dedicates the film to Sergio Leone, and the famed filmmaker's influence is apparent in the visuals of the mining town. The odd music during these scenes evokes The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
According to the BBC, one of the country's leading magazines denounced Go West; its editor writing that "by addressing the issue of homosexuality in a film about the Bosnian war, it belittles the real issues at stake during the conflict. With the exception of the wedding kiss during which the entire village thinks that Kenan is a woman the few scenes that depict any signs of physical affection between the two men are filmed in near darkness.
Even so, the director has received death threats while, at the same time, his film wins awards at festivals all over Europe. The acting throughout is superb as is the director's visual sense. However, Ashraf flees to his family in Nablus when he is recognized by Lulu's former boyfriend as a Palestinian.
Ashraf does not return any of Noam's calls. Noam is devastated by Ashraf's desertion, and refuses to get out of bed. When the news reports violence in Ashraf's hometown, Noam becomes worried.
He and Lulu go to the West Bank identifying themselves as French television journalists and find Ashraf at his parents' house and there the two men kiss. Ashraf's future brother-in-law, Jihad who is a Hamas militantsees them and repudiates him, adding that Ashraf has to marry his cousin or he will reveal his secret. Lulu and Noam leave in a hurry, but encourage Ashraf to come to their anti-occupation rave party.
Ashraf shows up, and he and Noam spend another night together. Before his sister's wedding ceremony, Ashraf tells her he is in love with a man.
She angrily refuses to believe him, and Ashraf is devastated. Later, during the wedding, he overhears Jihad planning a bombing in Tel Aviv.
Yali is maimed in the bombing, and will never walk again.
The next morning, Ashraf's sister is killed by stray bullets in a military raid seeking those responsible for the Tel Aviv bombing, before his very eyes. At the funeral Jihad promises revenge, telling Ashraf's father that his daughter was a martyr and will not die in vain. Jihad once again demands that Ashraf marry his cousin, revealing a poster of Ashraf's involvement with the Israeli rave.
It is clear at this point that Ashraf is walled in and feels no hope of escape from his situation. His brother-in-law, Jihad, decides to avenge the death of his newlywed bride, and while creating a suicide video, Ashraf decides to take Jihad's place as a suicide bomber in Tel Aviv.