Lemon Tree Synopsis
A Palestinian widow defends her lemon grove from an Israeli minister threatening to cut it all down.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A wrenching, richly layered feminist allegory as well as a geopolitical one.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
You know a performance has to be special when a Palestinian wins Israel's version of the Best Actress Oscar. But why should politics...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
The most remarkable aspect of Lemon Tree, however, and the one that's most likely to land this film on many year-end Best Foreign Film...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree is a lively deadpan comedy which, like his prior film "The Syrian Bride," satirizes Israel's...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Referencing the popular song, the movie's title reminds us that "the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat." That, in a rind, is...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The story, based on a real incident, may be simplistic, but that's the nature of fables.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Often refuses to adhere to the formula, sometimes offering a tantalizing ambiguity, other times aspiring to a more complex drama it cannot...
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The sensuousness of Lemon Tree is its glory.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
The cast is uniformly fine, but Abbass and Lipaz-Michael shine as two women who bond in the fear that the best of their lives is over and...
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By David Parkinson
A positive and personal look at the Israel/ Palestine divide through the quest of one woman to maintain her own property.
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Lemon Tree

By fneuhoff
We did not know what to expect but it got a great review in the paper and we agreed with the reviewers that is was an exceptional and thought provoking movie....

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Rated PG | For mature theme and subtitled