Rent In Between (2016)

3.7 of 5 from 276 ratings
1h 43min
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Synopsis:
When devout university student Nour (Shaden Kanboura) moves in with successful lawyer Laila (Mouna Hawa) and club DJ Salma (Sana Jammelieh), she is shocked by their lifestyle. As Laila fights to retain her freedom in the face of a new relationship, Salma falls for beautiful trainee doctor Dounia (Ashlam Canaan), a romance she must hide from her family. Nour is set for an arranged marriage to Wissam, an exemplary member of the community who may not be as respectable as he appears. 'In Between' follows the lives of these strong, independent minded Palestinian-lsraeli women in Tel Aviv.
Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves 'in between' the free and unfettered lives they aspire to lead and the restrictions imposed on them by a blinkered society. First-time director Maysaloun Hamoud's exhilarating depiction of the lives of 'liberated' Palestinian women in Israel earned her the first Palestinian fatwa in 70 years.
Actors:
, Sana Jammelieh, , , Nisrin Abou-Hanna, Miri Abu, , Ali Assadi, Elias Assadi, Ashlam Canaan, Afaf Danien, Aiman Daw, , , Nahed Hamed, , Rojeh Khleif, , Yasmin Makhloof,
Directors:
Maysaloun Hamoud
Producers:
Shlomi Elkabetz
Writers:
Maysaloun Hamoud
Aka:
Bar Bahar
Studio:
Pecadillo Pictures
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Israel, Top 100 Films, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/01/2018
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (8) of In Between

A familiar theme hammered home - In Between review by JR

Spoiler Alert
06/02/2018

Good performances, but the theme of the film is familiar - the clash between the conservative and sexist values of Palestinian men and parents , and the western free lifestyles of their daughters. One of the flatmates is a lesbian, one is very devout, and the third is a lawyer who is also regular drug and alcohol user. The film maker's political and philosophical points are hammered home in an unsubtle way which detracts from the viewer's involvement with the characters. I began to think the film had been funded by the tobacco industry because almost every frame in the film featured cigarette smoking.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Strong performances - In Between review by Dax Williams

Spoiler Alert
16/05/2018

This film is about the lives of 3 female flatmates in Tel Aviv. Devout Nour, who is engaged to be married, moves in to the spare room of the appartment occupied by Laila and Salma - who follow a less than traditional lifestyle. Like many movies coming out of the Middle East it deals with the clash between generations as well as issues of gender relations, orientation, identity and tradtional values. It is not a heavily plot driven movie, and wont be to everyone's taste, but the central performances of the three women are superb and I found it to be very confidently made and was impressed throughout.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Expected more - particularly the subtitles - In Between review by JS

Spoiler Alert
20/10/2018

The problem with film is that it is supposed to transport one beyond the stereotype and engage with the story.

Here, the nuances were often lost in the subtitles.

WHITE ON WHITE SUBTITLES DON'T WORK!! IS ANYONE LISTENING?

The first half floundered without firming up the character relationship.

The second half was much better and the director delivered the expected patriachy, a little bit of the inter-communal tensions but do liberated Palestinian "girls" really behave so outlandishly even in a cosmopolitan city like Tel Aviv?

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.