With the year coming to a sudden end, so begins our rush to catch up on the movies we missed this year, and one that many of us at The Playlist will be catching up with is “The Attack.” Our own Jessica Kiang was ahead of the curve, falling for the “surefooted and fearless“ movie at the Marrakech Film Festival last fall, and putting it on her Best Of 2012 list. And while the picture landed on our list of anticipated summer movies, a lot us still didn’t have a chance to check it out. But that’s about to change.
Based on Yasmina Khadra‘s prize-winning and bestselling novel, and adapted by director Ziad Doueiri, the story follows Palestinian surgeon Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman) who is fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society, has a loving wife, an exemplary career and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing leaves 17 dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem) not only died in the explosion, but was responsible for it. Shattered by this revelation, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland to enter the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the zealots who recruited his wife.
As you might guess, it’s powerful stuff, and we’ve got some Blu-rays of the movie to share with some readers who’d like to check it out. How do you win? Email us your name, address and tell us about any time you received some surprising news. Good luck!
“The Attack” is on DVD and Blu-ray today.