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The Attack

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Lebanon, France, Qatar · 2012
Rated R · 1h 42m
Director Ziad Doueiri
Starring Ali Suliman, Evgenia Dodena, Reymonde Amsallem, Dvir Benedek
Genre Drama

An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. Based on the international bestseller by Yasmina Khadra.

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Village Voice by Alan Scherstuhl

The Attack is most avowedly "about" terrorism. But that's a subject, not the subject. The film, an arresting and upsetting one, is also about love, trauma, and trust, both within one particular marriage and within entire cultures.


Time Out by David Fear

Imagine a male Lifetime movie fueled by Middle Eastern tensions, and you’d have Ziad Doueiri’s torn-from-Tel-Aviv’s-headlines melodrama, one which drops its handsome husband of a hero into a domestic nightmare.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

On both a political and a personal level, the film is pessimistic, yes, but it feels truthful, and never lapses into easy cynicism.


Washington Post by Michael O'Sullivan

On one level, The Attack is a mystery, but not the kind you think. It’s obvious from the start who detonated the bomb; the only question is why. It’s a question that probably cannot be answered to the satisfaction of anyone living outside Israel or the occupied territories.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service by Roger Moore

Doueiri has brilliantly and simply put a compassionate human face on a part of the world where ethnicity still trumps education, class and achievement, where even the successful face, at best, second-class citizenship in their own country.


Slant Magazine by Tomas Hachard

The film is most interesting as an articulation of how its main character's initial status as an emblem of inter-religious understanding quickly dissolves following a suicide bombing.

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