Another film that has been on my radar for sometime, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Une Boteille à la Mer) was a good surprise, as usually happens with Israeli movies about the violence and bureaucracy of a conflict that sees no end.
Contrary to some productions that focus on the armed conflict and bombings, Thierry Binisti, as other directors, chose to concentrate on human relations in times of war. A state divided by religion, territory and borders separates not only the physical aspects, but mostly the human ones. So close, so far... Or, under other a different angle, so far, so close by a sort of recognition between two persons that are bigger than those permanent conflicts. The human relations are bigger than anything that we can create to overpower it. Even if it looks like just the opposite.
At some point, a character goes through the border to the other side. A spacious empty structure made for thousands has almost no visitors. Its emptiness is the focus here. its actual redundancy.
Sweet, quiet, reflexive, contundent, Une Boteille à la Mer a thoughtful a look into the war futile violence through two young residents of different sides of the border of a divided state. So close, the life in both is so dissonant. But even so they meet each other, in what seemed the ultimate distance. But true human relations know no borders of this kind, and we go through the beautiful music at the final credits very sure of that.
|Une Bouteile à la Mer. Directed by Thierry Binisti. With: |
Agatha Bonitizer, Mahmud Shalaby, Abraham Belgas. Writers:
Thierry Binisti, Valeria Zenatti. France/Israel/Canadá, 100 min.,
2011, Dolby SR, Collor (Netlix).