Gaza Mon Amour

غزة حبيبتي

Palestine, France, Germany, Portugal, Qatar 2020
In Arabic, with English subtitles
87 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Tarzan Nasser & Arab Nasser
Screenplay: Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser
Cast: Salim Dau, Hiam Abbass, Maisa Abd Elhadi
Production: Rani Massalha, Marie Legrand, Michael Eckelt, Pandora da Cunha Telles, Pablo Iraola, Rashid Abdelhamid, Khaled Haddad / Les Films du Tambour, Riva Filmproduktion, Ukbar Filmes, Made in Palestine Project, Jordan Pioneers
Print Source: Versatile

A minimalist deadpan dramedy with serious political undertones, Gaza Mon Amour offers up a vision of the Palestinian situation at once realistic and absurdist, revealing how even the simplest of love stories can be thwarted by a repressive government, collective human foibles and an ancient Greek statue with a major erection.

This second feature from the directing duo of Tarzan and Arab Nasser (Dégradé) has hints of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, although it feels closest to the witty, surreal works of fellow Palestinian Elie Suleiman (It Must Be Heaven). It’s a rather ludicrous tale set in an even more ludicrous world, but a world that in many ways exists — at least for those who currently reside in the Hamas-governed territory of the Gaza Strip.

Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter