Mogu li se voljeti srbin i hrvat, musiliman i srbin, hrvat i musliman, izraelac i palestinac….?
Sve dubioze koje proizvode nezdrava politika, ratovi, religija i druga razna kolektivna ludila sam proživio na svojoj koži! Jedna od mojih najvećih ljubavi dok sam živio u Hrvatskoj je pošla u rat. Ja na jednoj strani , on na drugoj. Užas koji sam proživio me je natjerao da sve napustim i pobjegnem u “treću” državu. Nekako ti ratovi nisu bili moji i nisa se našao u tom filmu. Ne umijem da mrzim i kao takav u to doba nisam nigdje bio dobrodošao!
Srećom ta vremena su iz nas i većina ljudi danas živi i radi normalno, onako kako nam je bog dao, da radimo, volimo i ponašamo se tako prirodno, iskonski ljudski!
Ovaj film je izazvao polemike u Izraelu upravo zbog toga! Voljeti nacionalnog neprijatelja je težak zločin na bliskom istoku. U filmu The Bubble troje Izraelaca, jedna dijevojka i dva momka žive u modenskom dijelu Tel Aviva , praveći se da ne primjećuju mržnju i patnju koja ih okružuje. tačnije pokušavaju da žive kao njihovi vršnjaci u ostalom djelu svjeta. protive se ratu, odobravaju homoseksualne veze. kada jedan od njih pomogne jednom mladom palestincu da se nastani u Tel Avivu, ovo drugo dvoje im svesrdno pomaže i na jedan nesebičan način ih podržava u njihovj ljubavi!
Međutim i pored svega moraju se suočiti sa surovom činjenicom da njihove želje i manire nisu i želje okoline koja brutalno osuđuje svako narušavanje toliko dugoo njegovane mržnje!
Mi na Balkanu smo se ipak uspjeli izvući iz tog Danteovog devetog kruga i nastavili smo da živimo kao i sav ostali normanlni svjet. Ljubav ipak ne poznaje granice sve dok je iskrena čista i jaka!
Director: Eytan Fox
Writers: Eytan Fox (writer) Gal Uchovsky (writer)
Release Date: 7 September 2007
Genre: Drama | Romance
Plot Keywords: Jerusalem | Gay Character | Gay | Gay Lifestyle | Gay Interest
Awards: 6 wins & 4 nominations
(Cast overview, first billed only)
Ohad Knoller … Noam
Yousef ‘Joe’ Sweid … Ashraf
Daniela Virtzer … Lulu (as Daniella Wircer)
Alon Friedman … Yelli (as Alon Freidmann)
Zohar Liba … Golan
Tzion Baruch … Shaul (as Zion Baruch)
Oded Leopold … Sharon
Roba Blal … Rana, Ashraf’s Sister (as Ruba Blal)
Shredi Jabarin … Jihad (as Shredy Jabarin)
Yael Zafrir … Orna
Noa Barkai … Ella
Yotam Ishay … Chiki
Eliana Bakier … Dalfi (as Eliana Bekiyer)
Avital Barak … Dana
Lior Ashkenazi … Himself – Actor in “Bent”
Also Known As: The Bubble (International: English title) (USA)
Runtime: Canada:117 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:117 min | Israel:90 min | Germany:114 min
Language: Hebrew | Arabic | English
Three young Israelis – two guys and a girl – share an apartment and disillusionment in love and politics in the combined erotic comedy and political drama “The Bubble,” which is directed by acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox (“Walk on Water,” “Yossi and Jagger”). “The Bubble” debuts on DVD on February 12th from Strand Releasing Home Entertainment, with a pre-book date of January 24, 2008.
Life in the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv can be a lot like living inside a bubble. With its nightclub, cafes, boutiques and easy going social and sexual mores, it’s simple for young and progressive Israelis to feel happily disconnected from the political realities that are literally tearing their country apart. Inside this “bubble” live Noam (Ohad Knoller), a twenty-something record shop clerk who satisfies his government-required military tour-of-duty on weekends; Yali (Alon Friedmann), a bubbly restaurant manager; and Lulu (Daniela Wircer), an aspiring fashion designer whom Yali calls the “Israeli Carrie Bradshaw.”
Into their intimate cocoon comes a traveling young Arab named Ashraf (Yousef “Joe” Sweid). Noam becomes smitten with Ashraf. Unable to express his gay identity openly at home, Ashraf moves in with Noam and becomes part of his lover’s tightly knit extended family. He also becomes a test for their core ideological beliefs, as he quietly deflects the anti-Palestinian prejudice they regularly encounter.
As an Arab, Ashraf, however, is in Israel illegally. If he is caught without a permit, he’ll be arrested and returned home – the last place he wants to be. The gay lifestyle is still a taboo subject in devout Muslim homes, and Ashraf’s family has no idea of his sexuality. Perhaps worse, they are trying to marry him off to a neighborhood girl. Ashraf’s predicament gives the roommates an idea: he will now go by the more Israeli name “Shimi,” he’ll work at the restaurant with Yali, and they’ll all collectively try to pass him off as a nice Israeli boy for as long as they can. Unfortunately, bubbles are very easily burst, particularly when reality – and violence – strikes in a politically volatile country like Israel. Moreover, on a personal level, an interesting element is the paradox that stems from Noam’s willingness to serve his country while simultaneously harboring opposition to its policies.
With “The Bubble,” writer/director Eytan Fox continues his examination of the impact of political issues on modern Israelis with this moving sensitive film. He paints an involving, layered, yet humor-filled picture of idealistic young adults trying to make a difference, yet also enjoy their lives, as the shadow of death and destruction, car bombings and cries for vengeance, is a constant and ever-present reality.
“The Bubble” was an Official Selection at the Berlin, Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals, winning such accolades as “erotic…beautiful” from the Los Angeles Times, “romantic” from The New York Times, and “superb” from the LA Weekly. The San Francisco Bay Times called the film “engaging,” while the Bay Area Reporter said “The Bubble” was “hot.”