Review: Zaytoun

(Eran Riklis, 2012)

From Eran Riklis, director of minor delights The Syrian Bride and The Lemon TreeZaytoun sets its sights on a bigger picture both aesthetically and narratively, stripping away the layers of a once promising story to leave something altogether lucid and snug but all too commonplace. Taking a potentially gritty depiction of friendship and loyalty at a time of war, Riklis here evokes a strong sense of period whilst teasing out a glimmer of hope from an already bleak canvas, but his latest is a feel good drama without the weight to fully transform it into anything but mildly watchable. (Continue reading here)

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