On a Narrow Bridge (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Israel  |  
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In a courageous statement that flies in the face of Israeli and Palestinian extremists, hard-liners, and even a lot of popular sentiment, director and co-writer Nissim Dayan has posed a political bomb of a question: what happens when an Israeli man and a Palestinian woman, both dedicated to their own agendas, fall hopelessly in love? Benny Tagar (Aharon Ipale) is an Israeli lawyer sent to the West Bank for one month to officiate as a military prosecutor. One day he accidentally meets Layla Mansour (Salwa Hadad) a widowed Palestinian woman working as a school librarian. The two face off, since Benny has just had his car stoned by a gang of street kids and is not in a good mood. Both Layla and Benny are ultimately drawn to each other in spite of their own wishes and the vast gulf that separates them. Everyone, Israeli and Palestinian friends and relatives alike, reacts against their "folly."