In Between

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud.
Starring: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura. Israel/France 2016. 103 mins. Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles.

Told through the wry, amusing exploits of three young women, this stunning award-winning debut by young Palestinian writer/director Maysaloun Hamoud peels back the layers of an Arab-Israeli underground culture. The strikingly beautiful Leila (Hawa) – lawyer by day, wild libertine by night – flat-shares with the tattooed, nose-ringed lesbian Salma (Jammelieh), and the pair enjoy flirtations and more with little regard for the social or familial consequences. When the far more pious Nour (Kanboura) rents their spare room, the three very different women find themselves caught in the same balancing act between tradition and modernity.

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