Bar Bahar (In Between) (2017)

Origin: Israel / France | Fiction | Director: Maysaloun Hamoud | 102 minutes

Bar Bahar (In Between)

by Maysaloun Hamoud, fiction 102 min. Israel/France 2017

IN BETWEEN (BAR BAHAR) follows the lives of three strong, independent minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves ‘in between’ the free and unfettered lives they’re aspiring to lead and the restrictions imposed on them by their country and their families. Laila is a successful lawyer, Salma works at menial jobs in restaurants and bars, falls for the beautiful trainee doctor Dounia, but is forced to keep their lesbian relationship secret from her family. Laila and Salma’s hard partying ways initially shocks the more traditional and reserved Nour who is still studying for a degree and seeks a simple life. However, the three girls are rocked by a shocking series of events that will push their beliefs to the limit and change their lives forever whilst sealing the bond of friendship. According to film critic Mark Kermode, the ending is “a masterful exercise in ambiguity, as enigmatic as the final moments of The Graduate or The Long Good Friday”.


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