Free Zone (2007) There were no fake sobs or glycerine tears in the seven-minute opening shot of Natalie Portman weeping in extreme close-up. She clearly brought the pain…
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Free Zone (2007)

Details Release Date: May 29, 2007; DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Drama; With: Natalie Portman; Distributor: New Yorker

There were no fake sobs or glycerine tears in the seven-minute opening shot of Natalie Portman weeping in extreme close-up. She clearly brought the pain to this Israeli road picture about two women — a heartbroken American student (Jerusalem-born Portman) and a no-nonsense chauffeur (Hanna Laslo) — who bully and cajole their way across Middle Eastern borders. But the ham-fisted allegory about clashing cultures gets bogged down by its good intentions and woe-is-us speechifying in Free Zone. EXTRAS A sleep-inducing radio interview with director Amos Gitai. B-

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints