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Free Zone (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 April 2006 (USA)
Two women embark on a road trip after they are brought together by circumstance. Rebecca (Portman) flees her hotel after a fight with her mother-in-law (Maura) and hails a taxi driven by Hanna (Lazlo).

Director:

Amos Gitai

Writers:

Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme (as Marie José Sanselme)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Natalie Portman ... Rebecca
Hana Laslo ... Hanna Ben Moshe (as Hanna Laslo)
Hiam Abbass ... Leila
Carmen Maura ... Mrs. Breitberg
Makram Khoury ... Samir aka "The American"
Aki Avni ... Julio
Uri Klauzner ... Moshe Ben Moshe
Liron Levo ... Border Security
Tomer Russo ... Border Security
Adnan Tarabshi Adnan Tarabshi ... Petrol Station Owner
Shredi Jabarin ... Walid (as Shredy Gabarin)
Kobi Lieber Kobi Lieber ... Radio Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Rebecca, a young American lady who has been living in Jerusalem for a while, suddenly breaks off her engagement with Julio, her Israeli fiancé. In a state of emotional shock she gets into a taxi and asks the diver to take her anywhere she likes but away from the place where she broke up. Although reluctant, Hanna, the driver lets her accompany her to Jordan's Free Zone where she is to meet "The American", her husband Moshe's Palestinian business partner. Once there, they realize "The American" is not there but a Palestinian woman named Leila offers them, after much bickering with Hanna, to take them to the oasis where "The American" lives... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Israel | Belgium | France | Spain

Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serbest bölge See more »

Filming Locations:

Free Zone, Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,234,567 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,618, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$32,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$427,083
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A crowd of ultra-orthodox Jewish worshippers confronted Natalie Portman and her co-star Aki Avni, objecting to the couple kissing during the filming of a scene beside Jerusalem's Western Wall. The crowd charged and shouted "Immoral, immoral!" Police asked the actors to leave and return later, and they agreed. See more »

Goofs

When the vehicle is just approaching the border crossing near the end of the film (1:23:00 on the DVD) we can see the silhouette of someone wearing a baseball cap moving about in the back of the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rebecca: [after prolonged sitting in car crying] Can we go? Can we leave this place? Please.
Hanna: Where to?
Rebecca: I don't know. Let's get out of here, please.
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fine movie
20 June 2007 | by liiorSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, and Im not just saying that because Im Jewish. But things that really really ticked me off was his editing technique, especially the overlapping just made me nauseous. I need to watch this movie again because I didn't understand a lot of the things. I didn't like the ending, it kind of just put me off. Overall it was a fine movie. But can someone please explain why she ran away in the last scene, like out of no where too. The credits were messed too, with the 2 women yelling at each other, it was just pointless. If this movie had better explanation of what in the world is going on, I would had enjoyed it more. I have to compliment the acting though, it was well done. Also, some of the scenes were just way to extended. This movie is worth watching. Great morality and has deep meaning, but it still could have been done a lot better, especially when your showing tragedy in the middle east.


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