Go With Peace, Jamil

Dar Salim is furious in Go With Peace, Jamil. He wants to kill someone. And having killed once, he may kill again. Yet what’s really torturing him isn’t just avenging his mother’s murder when he was a boy, but knowing that the example he’s now setting for his young son is so wrong. In a taut, sweaty, intensely conflicted performance few will forget from SIFF, Salim plays a Sunni Arab living in Copenhagen, where “honor”—always that loaded term—depends on locking up the women and never backing down from a fight with the Shiites. Danish-Palestinian director Omar Shargawi (who plays a small role) needlessly pauses his film for fatherly wisdom and didactic scenes about the Sunni-Shiite schism, but Jamil drives forward with the terrible, inexorable momentum of a blood feud. The grainy 16mm film stock and hand-held camera give a documentary-style intimacy to the planning and execution of each escalating act of revenge. “I’m trapped in a game!” Jamil despairs, and that game can only end in death. Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., 324-9996, www.siff.net. $9–$11. 9 p.m. (Also: Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 9:15 p.m. Wed., June 4.) BRIAN MILLER

Sun., June 1, 9:15 p.m., 2008

 
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