In the city of Tel Aviv, two young Palestinian women blur the lines between the traditional and the modern. Lalia (Mouna Hawa) is an overworked criminal lawyer. Salma is a bartender who working to become a career DJ. Both work by day and go clubbing by night. That is until Nur (Shaden Kanboura) moves in. As a traditional Muslim girl going to University, Nur finds herself both fascinated and intimidated by Lalia and Salma’s sophisticated lifestyle. Soon, she comes to see the perks of their lifestyle. But she’s put to the test when her traditional fiancée comes to the apartment.
She’s not the only one going through life changes. Lalia finds herself falling for a Muslim man even more modern than she is. Salma finds herself clashing with her Christian family when she comes out of the closet.
This film is guaranteed to blow away preconceived notions of life in both Palestine and Israel. From what I’ve seen in the trailer, this film seems to have a humorous yet grounded look at the everyday lives of unconventional women. And I’m sure we’re going to love these characters.
Aaron Sorkin is one of the few celebrity screenwriters. After gaining acclaim for writing for tv and films, including the Emmy Winner the West Wing and the Oscar Winner the Social Network, Sorkin makes his directorial debut with this biopic of a former Olympic Athlete who hit the big time with her own casino, which got her in trouble with the authorities.
Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom, a real life Olympic-Class Skier who in his early twenties, ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game. She attracted celebrities and billionaires for eight years, but none of them could by her off. But her work attracted the attention of the FBI, who thought she was running an illegal ring. But did she?
Though he’s earned international acclaim, he’s still garners criticisms for his underwritten female characters. While you could counter argue with well-written characters like CJ (Allison Janney), there are times when you can see validity in moments when male characters mansplain for the sake of exposition. With a woman in the lead, Sorkin seems determined to fix this problem. Judging by the acclaim, he seems to be succeeding.