The Bubble: Gay Sex in the Holy Land!

Eytan Fox continues his exploration of Israeli and Palestinian queer identity in The Bubble, a favorite from SIFF '07 and his most accomplished film to date. The movie follows three roommates living in the chic young part of Tel Aviv. When one guy's Arab boyfriend moves in, it forces everyone to confront conflicts both external and internal. This fresh, believable ensemble film is incredibly absorbing and full of fascinating characters; it also forgoes the forced coincidences and preaching of Crash and Babel. Yousef "Joe" Sweid gives a compelling performance as the Palestinian man caught between two worlds. Ohad Knoller's turn as his boyfriend is equally captivating. (Both have appeared in Fox's previous films, notably his 2002 Yossi & Jagger.) The Bubble could actually be longer than its 117 minutes (which might help smooth out the ending). If you haven't seen his earlier films, including Walk on Water, now is the time to introduce yourself to Eytan Fox. He's going to be around for a while.

 
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