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Close, Closing, Closure

A worthy entry in the vital Israeli/Palestinian docu industry, "Closure" ventures into that fenced-in, poverty-stricken "prison with one million inmates" known as the Gaza Strip. Helmer Ram Loevy focuses on the passageways between Gaza and Israel, which open and close as tensions mount or abate.

A worthy entry in the vital Israeli/Palestinian docu industry, “Closure” ventures into that fenced-in, poverty-stricken “prison with one million inmates” known as the Gaza Strip. Helmer Ram Loevy focuses on the passageways between Gaza and Israel, which open and close as tensions mount or abate. Since most Palestinians in Gaza must seek employment in Israel, checkpoints become flash points for living under an army of occupation. Subject-matter and hour length make TV sales likely. Pic’s paired with “The Settlers” at the New York Film Forum; duo may fare well on the indie circuit.

Shot both before and during the Intifada of 2000, pic highlights daily frustrations, suspicions and tensions. The eyes of a female security official flicker nervously from the Palestinian in front of her to his image on her computer screen. A truck driver dispiritedly unwraps his cargo of ice cream bars, melted during his interminable wait for clearance. Israeli filmmaker Loevy questions in voiceover whether one can ever really see the other’s side, and the strain of this divide is felt in over-dramatic attempts to highlight individual victims (a legless Palestinian boy and his family figure prominently).

Close, Closing, Closure

Israel-France

Production: A First Run/Icarus presentation of a Ram Loevy Communication/Lapsus production. Executive producer, Esther Hoffenberg. Directed, written by Ram Loevy.

Crew: Camera (color, video), Gady Afriat, Nagib Abu-Gobain; editor, Dan Shik; music, Eran Dinur. Reviewed on cassette, New York, Jan. 16, 2003. (In Paris Documentary and Jerusalem Film Festivals.) Arabic, Hebrew & English dialogue. Running time: 53 MIN.

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