Free Zone In this fractious film from thorny filmmaker Amos Gitai ( Kadosh , Kippur , Kedma ), Natalie Portman demonstrates tour de force weeping in the… Free Zone In this fractious film from thorny filmmaker Amos Gitai ( Kadosh , Kippur , Kedma ), Natalie Portman demonstrates tour de force weeping in the… 2006-04-07 Unrated PT90M Drama Natalie Portman Carmen Maura New Yorker
Movie Review

Free Zone (2006)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
(From left) Hanna Laslo, Portman, and Hiam Abbass
(From left) Hanna Laslo, Portman, and Hiam Abbass
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Apr 07, 2006; Rated: Unrated; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Natalie Portman; Distributor: New Yorker

In this fractious film from thorny filmmaker Amos Gitai (Kadosh, Kippur, Kedma), Natalie Portman demonstrates tour de force weeping in the back of a taxi as an American searching for her roots in Israel. Comedian Hanna Laslo plays the Israeli driver (and won the top acting prize last year at Cannes), en route to collect a debt in the economic free zone of Jordan. And Hiam Abbass (Munich) chimes in as a Palestinian who argues with the Israeli in ways meant to suggest that problems of the Middle East could be eased through the talk of women.

Originally posted Apr 12, 2006 Published in issue #873 Apr 21, 2006 Order article reprints