A young Palestinian immigrant in New York divides his time among his painting, his job at a pet shop, and his affair with a married woman, but his comfortable life is complicated by a visit from his cousin, an angry radical. Directed by Muhammad Rum, this ambitious DV feature oscillates between dreams and reality while addressing its cultural issues in a talky and somewhat didactic fashion. But the difficulty of the dramaturgy is counterbalanced by Rum’s compelling use of music and the lively and effective ‘Scope camerawork by producer Nara Garber. In English and subtitled Arabic. 110 min. (JR)

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