עג’מי/Ajami

[Screenshot]Ajami is one dense film. There are a lot of plotlines and a good number of characters and there’s a lot to keep straight. I think I might have fallen down at some points and not realized that, say, Nasri and Malek were different characters. But that’s mostly my problem: it’s a story that engages well with the unusual character of a particular society, and while Israeli/Arabic tensions contribute towards the drama, they aren’t the beginning and end of the story: in-group tensions among the resident Arabs (both Christian and Muslim) play at least as large a role, and the story doesn’t feel preachy. On the other hand, it doesn’t necessarily have a central theme, but it’s mostly a snapshot of interlocking fates, rather than a story with an Important Message. None of the characters are particularly admirable, but they’re mostly sympathetic, at elast.

Tecnically, this isn’t anything great, but not anything dire either. The cinematography works without being obtrusive.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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