• Hiam Abbass
  • Fiction
  • 2011
  • 1h28

Summer 2006, the war between Israel and Lebanon exploded.
A Palestinian family lives in an Arab village in Israel situated on the border With
Lebanon. The little wars between the different members of this family become as
merciless as the outside war.
The father, Abu Majd is a retiring building contractor. He lost his wife 17 years ago,
and has been having hard time living without her. He suffers from heart insufficiency.
His five grown up children live their own lives concealed with secrets and lies.
Hajar is the youngest daughter. She is an artist who lives on her own as a free
woman and works as a waitress in Haifa.
Hajar loves a French man, Philippe, who works for a “NGO” in Israel. She is torn
apart between her family not accepting her choices, and Philippe who does not
understand the traditions where she comes from.
Majd is the eldest son. He is married to Samira and has two daughters. He is facing
financial crises threatening him of loosing his properties. Samira is very supportive of
him. They are in full preparation for their daughter’s wedding.
Ahmad is the middle son. He is a successful ambitious lawyer, preparing his election
campaign as the future mayor of the village. He’s married to Saada and they have
three kids. But he has a love affair with a Jewish woman.
Ahmad is violent with his wife.
Marwan is the forth kid. He is married to Salma and they have one son. They both
work as a nurse. Their relationship is tensed. He loves her and loves men too. She
loves him, but can not share him. No body knows about their secret.
Zeinab is the eldest daughter who had replaced her mother in raising her family up
and taking care of her father daily. She is married to Khalil, a man whom she never
loved. They never had children.
Each member of the family goes through life dealing with the inheritance of the
traditions and being absorbed in his own private war. They all gather to celebrate the
wedding of Majd’s daughter.
There, their conflicts erupt as a volcano. Concealed secrets are revealed. Lies are
Few days after, Abu Majd goes into Coma. The various private wars burst out into
Abu Majd parts life heaving away their revelations.
The family members scatter each in a different direction.

  • Hiam Abbass
  • Ala Hlehel
  • Nadine Naous
  • G.A. Wasi
  • Antoine Heberlé
  • Ashi Milo
  • Ulas Agce
Set design
  • Nael Kanj
  • Guy Lecorne
Original score
  • Loïc Dury
  • Agat Films
  • Nicolas Blanc
  • Alma Heritage (Israël)
  • Arte France Cinema
  • Appaloosa Films et Depo Film
Distribution Diaphana
Theatrical release 12/12/2012
International seller Films Distribution
Video editor Diaphana
Photos : © Baruch Rafic