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Maysaloun Hamoud’s remarkable debut feature In Between follows three strong and independent-minded Palestinian women who share an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and tradition, they find themselves “in between” the free and unfettered lives they are aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them by society. Laila, a successful lawyer, craves the love of a good man and thinks she’s found him in the apparently open-minded and handsome Ziad. Salma, while striving to fulfill her dream of becoming a DJ, falls for a beautiful doctor, but is forced to keep their love a secret from her family. Laila and Salma’s hard partying lifestyle initially comes as a shock to the more traditional and reserved Nour. She is engaged to marry a seemingly devout Muslim, who, behind closed doors, is not the man he appears to be. Eventually, a shocking series of events will push these brave women to the limits and change their lives forever, while also sealing their bond of friendship.
- Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
- Short film SCENT OF THE MORNING from director Maysaloun Hamoud
“A perfect movie for the moment… it makes its points with an impressive mixture of clarity and nuance. The central performances are all terrific… an unusually welcoming and engaging film, inviting you to become a part of the circle of friends it depicts with such energy and warmth.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“[An assured feature debut]…With the outstanding contributions of cinematographer Itay Gross and composer M.G. Saad, Hamoud brings the city’s youthful grit and vitality into focus, as well as the specific in-between that her characters occupy. The writer-director has a keen ear for natural dialogue, lent unpredictability and dimension by the lived-in performances of her three dazzling leads.”
– Sheri Linden, The Los Angeles Times
“Director Maysaloun Hamoud proves herself to be a talent to watch.”
– Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“A fascinating debut feature by Maysaloun Hamoud…affecting, and entertaining. (And beautifully photographed, by Itay Gross.) ”
– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
“A Palestinian feminist revenge fantasy.”
– Julia Felsenthal, Vogue.com
“Bold, brassy and beautiful.”
– Ella Taylor, NPR.org