Politics vs. Moral Decisions: Our Review of ‘Ahed’s Knee’

Posted in Movies by - April 01, 2022
Politics vs. Moral Decisions: Our Review of ‘Ahed’s Knee’

When watching a movie, you always want it to be something that absolutely blows you away. You want that feeling a movie taking you aback and just flabbergast you at what you are watching. You want the actions on screen and what eventually plays out to mesmerize you. That should be the goal of every film. However, the idea is only fleshed out in the first half of the movie. You can put a lot of movie magic and interesting film making there. But none of that can make up for an underdeveloped and uninspired second and third act.

The film focuses on a director whose amply named a singular letter, Y (Avshalom Pollak) as he is making a film about famous Palestinian Ahed Tamini. Tamini has become famous for resisting arrest. They also slapped a member of the Israeli forces in a now factual viral moment. A ministry invites him back to a library in his home town. It’s a small town of Avara region to screen one of his earlier films. Meeting him at the library by Yahalom (Nur Fibak) who informs Y that the ministry has laid down some ground rules. And that during the proceeding question and answer period he cannot digress from the topics that they deemed acceptable.

Throughout the first act of the film audiences are tense and engaged within everything that is taking place throughout the feature. But it becomes more focused on the politics of what he must face and cannot speak his mind. Here, the movie gets lost in monologues and loses its original intensity and passion. The main message of the film is an argument between art and state in a sense. He wants to have artistic freedom and allow himself to express what he wants to say and how he wants to say it. But the politics surrounding the subject matter and what he wants to say becomes part of a messy web of decisions.

The performances in Ahed’s Knee from both Avshalom Pollak and Nur Fibak are nothing short of exemplary. They convey such passion and emotion throughout their performances. They really leaves the audience in awe by their ability to evoke such reactions from the audience. We are able to seep into these characters and gather an understanding and feeling for what they are experiencing.

Ahed’s Knee suffers from a little bit of a loss from its story telling and ability to keep the intensity throughout the feature. But it manages to save itself fully by the performances from the two leads. It  is a difficult and powerful watch that deems your attention and will likely leave lingering thoughts after it ends.

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My earliest movie memory, outside of my home theatre in my basement, was going to the local Video 99 and wanting to rent ET only to be told by the shop owner it was playing down the street in theatres. My love for cinema has been alive for as long as I can honestly remember. I would frequent the cinema minutes down from my house daily. It was a second home. Movies are an escape from the everyday world, a window into the soul, a distant friend. If I’m not watching a movie, I’m probably watching a tv show, if I’m doing neither I’m asleep. Feel free to interact me at @Dubsreviews
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