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Tel Aviv on Fire (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Thoughtful and well-acted, Tel Aviv on Fire highlights the awful absurdity of war -- and proves it's possible to find humor in the midst of cultural conflict.

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Israel / Palestine, today. Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as a trainee on the Palestinian popular soap opera "Tel Aviv on Fire", produced in Ramallah. Every day, to reach the TV studios, Salam has to go through a rather difficult Israeli checkpoint. There he meets the commander of the checkpoint, Assi, whose wife is a big fan of the soap opera. In order to please him, Assi puts pressure on Salam to change the end of the show. Salam quickly realizes that Assi's ideas could be promoted to him as a screenwriter. Salam's creative career is suddenly boiling, until Assi and the soap opera producers and financiers disagree on how it should end. Stuck between an army colonel and Arab support, Salam can solve his problems with a final master stroke.

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One spoiler: Tel Aviv does not burst into flames. But Salam's career might.

August 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Alas, the potential for sharp political satire takes a back seat to small screen spoofery, nudging this more in the direction of Soapdish, rather than Joe Dante's transcendent The Second Civil War.

August 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Zoabi relies on the old adage that we have more in common than not, but it's a lesson that bears repeating - particularly when laughs come with it.

August 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, "Tel Aviv on Fire" is an enjoyable respite from the bleakness that is far more typical of their stories.

August 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For a film sending up the contrivances of soap operas, it sure is susceptible to remaining within the comfort zone of clichés itself.

August 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This satire in Hebrew and Arabic is an answer in an allegorical and comical way, about a mad circumstance and a man in the middle of it. A tense and painful backdrop, sure, but there's no stick up Zoabi's butt, just an olive branch.

August 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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