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The Attack

  R HD

Ziad Doueiri

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Plot Summary

Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman) an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, 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 nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem (Evgenia Dodena), who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and searches for the truth about her life and death uncovering a startling secret.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [An] intelligent, involving movie that's by turns a murder mystery and a politically charged argument about contemporary Palestinian identity. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jun 20, 2013

Fresh: Though it's never less than involving, it grows in stature as it unfolds and ends as a more subtle and disturbing film about love, loss and tragedy than we might initially expect. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 28, 2013

Fresh: This doleful and nuanced Middle Eastern tragedy is unlike any other recent film from the region in various ways. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 20, 2013

Fresh: Suliman, who plays Amin, also starred in Paradise Now, and it's no stretch to say The Attack is the most urgent, unblinking movie about the Israeli-Palestinian divide since that 2005 stunner. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Jun 20, 2013

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Customer Reviews

An adventure to watch and think about

This is a terrific movie that moves your mind as much as it moves your heart. The story of the film stays away from too-easy conclusions and lets viewers think for themselves about the difficult problems of faith, peace and destiny. It is the sort of film that stays with you long after you’ve watched it. The acting is tremendously graceful and the texture and direction of the film brings real artfulness to a difficult subject.

Amazing Story.. Worth The Expense to Buy

I saw this movie last year at the TIFF and it is by far one of my favorites. The story line will make you think twice about any perceptions we have of what a terrorist looks like or even their motivation. I promise .. you wont be disappointed if you buy this movie.

Good but much to neutral...

Shows the real deal over there in Israel but lack the world is quick to judge but to assert the right the Israelis have to be there. Lacks to show how the Israelis damage the Arabs if not to defend themselves. It also shows how if not for the Israelis the Arabs would be left eating only sand…
Lacks to show how the world is quick to judge but doesn't help with large economic support the people and how the little support is stolen by the likes of Arafat.
Should be watched!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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