) is a2006romantic drama directed byEytan Foxtelling the story of two men who fall in love, oneIsraeliand onePalestinian.The title of the film refers toTel Aviv, a relatively peaceful city in a tumultuous region and the setting of the film.
Noam, a young Israeli reservist working at acheckpointwhile on reserve duty, is crushed when he witnesses a Palestinian woman giving birth to a dead baby; he also locks eyes with a young Palestinian man there, Ashraf. He then gets back toTel Avivas he has finished his military service. There he shares a flat with another gay man, Yali, and a woman, Lulu, who works in a soap shop. The three roommates live a generallybohemianlife.
Ashraf arrives at the apartment to return Noamspassport, which he had dropped and left at the checkpoint. Noam takes Ashraf to the roof to look at the city skyline. They talk and Ashraf kisses Noam and they spend the night together. Soon it is agreed that Ashraf will move in with them and work in Yalis restaurant as a Jew under the name Shimi, as he could not be openly gay in thePalestinian territorieslike he can in the more liberal and cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. For a time, all goes well for the couple despite some jealousy on the part of Yali. However, Ashraf flees to his family inNabluswhen he is recognized by Lulus former boyfriend as a Palestinian. Ashraf does not return any of Noams calls.
Noam is devastated by Ashrafs desertion, and refuses to get out of bed. When the news reports violence in Ashrafs hometown, Noam becomes worried. He and Lulu go to theWest Bankidentifying themselves as French television journalists and find Ashraf at his parents house and there the two men kiss. Ashrafs future brother-in-law, Jihad (who is aHamasmilitant), sees them and repudiates him, adding that Ashraf has to marry his cousin or he will reveal his secret. Lulu and Noam leave in a hurry, but encourage Ashraf to come to their anti-occupationrave party. Ashraf shows up, and he and Noam spend another night together.
Before his sisters wedding ceremony, Ashraf tells her he is in love with a man. She angrily refuses to believe him, and Ashraf is devastated. Later, during the wedding, he overhears Jihad planning a bombing in Tel Aviv. Yali is maimed in the bombing, and will never walk again.
The next morning, Ashrafs sister is killed by stray bullets in a military raid seeking those responsible for the Tel Aviv bombing, before his very eyes. At the funeral Jihad promises revenge, telling Ashrafs father that his daughter was amartyrand will not die in vain. Jihad once again demands that Ashraf marry his cousin, revealing a poster of Ashrafs involvement with the Israeli rave. It is clear at this point that Ashraf is walled in and feels no hope of escape from his situation. His brother-in-law, Jihad, decides to avenge the death of his newlywed bride, and while creating a suicide video, Ashraf decides to take Jihads place as asuicide bomberin Tel Aviv.
Ashraf wanders the streets of Tel Aviv with a sorrowful and blank expression. He winds up at the cafe in which he once worked. When Ashraf primes his explosive belt, Noam sees him from inside the bar where he has just bought Yalis and Lulus dinner, and rushes out to Ashraf. Seeing Noam, Ashraf walks away from the bar to the middle of the street. As Noam approaches, Ashraf turns to face him. The two stare at each other and start to kiss when the bomb explodes, killing them both. The news report that Ashraf avoided more death by suddenly turning away from the cafe into the empty street. The film ends with Noam talking about the love the two shared, wondering whether they ever had a chance, wishing for a place where they can just love each other, and hoping that people will see how stupid these wars are, over a scene of young Noam and young Ashraf playing together as children inJerusalem, their mothers sitting side by side.
The Bubble might be the most personally important film thatEytan Foxhas created. In telling about his experiences with coming out of the closet, he described the struggle he and his father experienced in reaching an understanding, which only truly was achieved around the time of filming this project. Very shortly after the films premiere, and after confessing his final understanding of his son, Eytans father died due to a heart attack.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregatorRotten Tomatoesreports that 51% out of 39 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.8/10. The public gave the film an 84% approval rating.Michael Phillips from theChicago Tribunewrote Director and co-writer Eytan Fox is going for a sexually democratic, politically aware variation on story themes familiar to Sex and the City viewers. (At one point Lulu is referred to as Miss Israeli Carrie Bradshaw.) Surprisingly, it works, and the entire cast is excellent.Sylvie Simmons from theSan Francisco Chroniclewrote The Bubble surprises us at every turn.Dennis Harvey fromVarietywrote Eytan Fox delivers another involving tale in The Bubble.
Eytan Fox has admitted that the film might have been prompted by his memory of falling in love with a Palestinian man when he was going through his military service, when he was eighteen, although he did not follow this through.
The film was originally meant to be titled
in reference toRomeo and Juliet, but it was changed to
after Eytan Fox was told it would sound like a porn movie.
Ivri Lidercomposed most of the soundtrack for the film, and sings the song Loving That Man of Mine.He appears as himself singing the theme song of the movie, theGershwinclassic, The Man I Love. The ending credits of the movie feature Song to a Siren, a cover ofSong to the SirenbyTim Buckley.
Music In A Foreign Language- Lloyd Cole
The Man I Love- Gershwin, performed by Ivri Lider
Tonight Is Forever- Acid House Kings
Holly Scott and The Aerial -Jay Walk Snail(Oren Lahav)
Song to a Siren – Tim Buckley, performed by Ivri Lider
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