Synopsis by Mark Deming
A couple re-examines their past and their relationship as they're poised to end an important chapter in their lives in this drama from writer and director Tawfik Abu Wael. Nour (Lana Haj Yahia) and Iyad (Ali Badarni) are a Palestinian couple living in Jerusalem; she's an actress and he's a surgeon. Both are successful in their fields and they're financially comfortable, but they've grown weary of the political chaos and instability of life in the Palestinian quarter, and their marriage is in sad shape. Nour and Iyad have chosen to move to France in search of a more harmonious life, but on they day they're to depart, he's asked to postpone his flight for a few days after a serious bus accident leaves more wounded than his former hospital can handle. Iyad agrees, and Nour is able to discuss a role in a play that she was offered the day before their original flight date. However, even though they knew they were about to leave, the additional time in Jerusalem forces them to reconnect with all that they had intended to cleanly leave behind, making their exit all the more trying. Tanathur (aka Last Days In Jerusalem) received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
actor, chaos, couple, expatriate, Israel, life-changes, life-choices, minority, Palestinian [nationality], postponement, surgeon