The French movie “The Other Son”: a naive solution to a complex issue!

French director Lauren Levy, a screenwriter with Nathalie Saugon and Noam Fitoussi, introduced the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the 2012 film The Other Son. lived in the West Bank under the name of a Palestinian family (“The Other Son”). Yassin) while the Palestinian baby goes to Tel Aviv with an Israeli family, and adopts the name (Joseph). As a result, Joseph grows up in a militaristic and luxurious environment, while Yassin lives out the worries of Palestinians behind the dividing wall in an environment of poverty and deprivation.

the story

Young Joseph (Jules Citrouk), an 18-year-old musician, hopes to join the Israeli Air Force, though his real goal is to be a folk singer in Dylan’s line. ) His father is an IDF officer, Alon (Pascal) Elbe). When the blood test for the purpose of Joseph’s military service reveals the earthquake, when the results of the blood test done by Joseph do not match any of his parents’ blood type. His mother, a doctor, is determined to find out what is wrong with the test. On the other hand, Yassin is on his way home to visit his parents Saeed (Khalifa Natour) and Leila (Arin al-Omari) in the West Bank on his return from Paris after his graduation. The film begins to unravel when the director of the clinic meets with both sets of parents to explain what happened.This happened when the hospital was evacuated. This is the plot line, but how will the two families act after discovering the mistake? And what bothers them more … That their son was raised by the enemy, or that he was raised in another religion?

fantasy questions

It is clear that the discovery of the truth is devastating, especially for the two sons – Joseph and Yassin – and their families as well. This is especially true for the parents (Elbi and Natour) who hold their grudges and fight with each other over war and profession, even as they try to meet and find common ground for their two sons. . But the mothers choose to openly share their love with the two boys from the beginning. The sharp differences between the lives of Palestinians (living in an oppressive semi-poor world) and Israelis (who are freer and better off) The Palestinian father and brother are mainly concerned that the boy grew up in the arms of the “other side, “the historical enemy, the thief of land and peace, so it is impossible to accept him.the other. The scene seemed difficult to explain the situation to both families, one Arab raising an Israeli child, and the other an Israeli raising an Arab child, so that the film, coincidentally at birth, opens up several questions to the audience about identity, the religion that mingled in the mind of the Israelite boy, and about the homeland that is within each of they were planted, To discover in one night that each of them is the other boy.In one of the film’s most exciting scenes, Joseph visits Palestine alone and meets his brother Bilal (Mahmoud Shalabi), a very angry young man, with deep hatred for the J ode that occupied the land and memories of his tortured brother. Joseph broke the ice with a song that brings them all together, and even pushes Saeed to join his favorite musical instrument, and this naive idea to remind, that the conflict in the Middle East can be resolved in ‘ a lunch or a cup of coffee, because this conflict is not a family quarrel, but rather a matter of a stolen homeland A cause for which thousands of martyrs have been sacrificed. Families still have a bond that is the French language, since Joseph’s mother was born in France, as well as her husband’s parents, and Yassine is studying in Paris where he plans to enroll in medical school, and it’s not just a coincidence. This means that the director is more concerned about the psychological lives and emotional interactions of her characters than with their political circumstances. But the wall that separates Israel from the territories in The Other Son, wrapped in barbed wire and under the watchful eye of the occupying army, embodies the sharp image of this abuse, and also represents the impenetrable identity barriers we build around ourselves. Despite this, the questions about identity and difference that director Levy tells are imaginary and do not belong to the shocking reality of the inhuman and transgressions perpetrated by the occupation soldiers against defenseless Palestinian civilians.

teacup battle

The two young men soon bonded with each other and found that in many ways they were not completely different. In the last scene of the film, Joseph and Bilal get into a fight with some drunken strangers on the beach. One of these men stabs Joseph, in the hospital, and asks with his two Palestinian brothers, “If I die, will I be buried. As an Arab or as a Jew?”
The film’s human message, about love triumphing over hatred and violence, resonates on no meaningful level. I rather left the truly tragic impression that it would take a coincidence of this magnitude for these two families to cross the border that separates them in the hope of finding common ground. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with all its complex repercussions in politics, culture, tradition and religion, dissolves like a piece of sugar in a cup of tea, is served smoother in the hospitality of the occupier’s family. It’s a mockery and an underestimation of the mentality of the spectator!

More naive

Yassin’s older brother Bilal (Mahmoud Shalabi) sets up the struggle that exists, while loving his brother for his Jewish blood. Bilal’s feelings were perhaps the most sincere in the film. The Other Boy also provides another example of cross-breeding in transgender boys, one of the ways the film underscores this is by including traits in each child’s personality that do not seem to fit into the social family, but through their biology. be determined. Joseph, for example, is part of a wealthy Jewish family living in Tel Aviv. His father is an IDF officer, and the family is religious. Joseph wants to be a musician when he grows up, something his father cannot understand. However, once it is revealed that Said – his biological father – is a musician, we must understand that Joseph’s interest and talent stems from his biological father. In the end, the film depicts him singing a song with the entire Palestinian family. As for Yassin, the boy who was raised on the Palestinian side, he returns from Paris, where he completed his baccalaureate with honors, and returned home to take a vacation before enrolling in medical school. It turns out that his biological mother, Urith, is also from France. It’s as if the movie wants us to believe that his biology determines his educational and career path. Does the film provide us with a complex thought experiment to demonstrate the importance of identity amazement? Of course, that’s part of what the director wanted to emphasize, but I think the important issue of the film is the use of the two hybrid boys to make the case to think about the identity of Palestine – the land that includes Israelis and Palestinians – as similar hybrid. The film offers a very subtle and disturbing argument for a one-state solution, as an option for the future of Israel and Palestine, which is barely visible even on the political spectrum today.
The director’s acceptance of the partition wall and adaptation to it, turns the story of the film into a mere fantasy, and the matter is more complicated than limiting it to the discovery of two young eighteen-year-olds that they lived in two houses. does not belong, and although the director mentioned in person interviews that she wanted to deviate in her film from delving into the political dimension of the story, but she forgot that the image of the apartheid wall and the suffering of the Palestinian people, and draw a picture of the end of the conflict only with a visit between the two families and eat, and so the relationship between the two young people (the second generation) became natural and that is the message of the film, which the director wanted Levy to promote, in other words, the idea of ​​normalization with the Zionist entity and to promote that they are proponents of peace, and that all wounds can be healed, and therefore the Israelis and Palestinians must overcome their hostility towards each other and a new hybrid “family” consisting of members of the similar original “families”.

Iraqi writer

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