DVD Review: Inch’Allah
Inch’Allah is the story of Chloe, and young Canadian doctor working in a United Nations clinic in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank. There she cares for pregnant women, and develops a friendship with one of the patients, Rand. Passing through checkpoints on a daily basis, between her life at the clinic and with Rand and her family, and her life on the other side of the wall, with her close friend Ava, who is currently serving her compulsory year with the IDF. It’s a complicated and dangerous life that she has built for herself, away from home, and essentially alone.
Because of her unique situation, she is the ideal eyes to see the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis through, and make for a captivating character to follow for over and hour and a half.
Captivating, but also drawn out.
Like seeing a spectacular view from the window of a tour bus, Inch’Allah is a beautiful, poetic story, that mesmerizes the viewer. But alas, the tour bus is stuck in the mother of all traffic jams, and slowly the stunning view wears a little thin, and the fidgeting sets in.
But it’s not really the fault of the film. Inch’Allah is a window on the conflict, and as such, merely follows the daily life and struggles. Along the way, as well as mesmerizing, and boring you, the film with shock and anger you. It tries not to take sides, and gives the viewer plenty of food for thought. If you don’t have a side that you lean towards going into the film, it’s unlikely to persuade you either way, not without some deep thought or conversations afterwards.
The real folly with Inch’Allah is in the last act, an unexplained – though severely hinted at – turn of events that take the fly on the wall approach and smacks the fly with a sledgehammer, throwing in such a curve ball as to almost obliterate the meaning and occasional intensity of the entire film.
In the end, Inch’Allah still stands tall as a fascinating, if slow, look at the politics of one society oppressing another.
Rating: M Violence and offensive language.
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