The Other Son

Lorraine Levy directed this tale of two boys mistakenly swapped at birth in Palestine. Joseph was taken home by Jewish parents and Bilal, by Palestinians. I was impressed by the cast as they managed to make a tediously coincidental story as believable as possible. Those fascinated by Palestinian life, the question of identity and the disparity between the two peoples in the region may enjoy this film. The story was too coincidental for my liking and failed the address the questions I was most interested in – for example, as the Jewish father is a leading figure in the defence unit, we fail to see any reaction, regret or guilt on his part as he finds out his son is an Arab. Whilst it doesn’t get a low rating for falling back upon orientalist imagery; the film was puerile in its execution and left me feeling apathetic towards the story and its characters.


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