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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019)

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Critic Consensus: A riveting and unusually layered romance, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem deftly unravels an engrossing illicit affair in a rich sociopolitical context.

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Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what's left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.

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It's hot stuff, and Alayan handles it with the practiced skill of juggler casually flicking torches in the air.

July 25, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A fascinating and unsettling look at the ramifications of marital infidelity when shone through [a] specific geopolitical prism.

July 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The fraught relationship between Israelis and Palestinians is this tale's powerful overlay. But it's the questions it raises about personal accountability that speak to wider truths.

July 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Reports on Sarah and Saleem" snaps, crackles and pops.

June 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Alayan's light directorial touch can make the storytelling seem overly straightforward. But his tight control over the proceedings becomes clear...

June 11, 2019 | Full Review…

A film in which the personal and the political are intertwined, but in no straightforward way.

May 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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