An innocent Palestinian woman becomes trapped in blackmail and deceit in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from two-time International Oscar nominee Hany Abu-Assad (Omar, SFF 2014).
A visit to Huda’s salon in Bethlehem should give Reem a welcome break from her controlling husband. But Reem’s trusted friend Huda is not all she seems. In astonishing scenes based on real events, Reem is blackmailed into becoming an informant for Israel’s internal security service. Reem risks shame, and much worse, if she doesn’t co-operate. Abu-Assad’s gripping drama makes a powerful statement about the oppression of women in occupied Palestine. As Huda remarks under interrogation by Palestinian security agents: “It’s easier to occupy a society that’s already repressing itself.” Maisa Ebd Elhadi (3000 Nights, SFF 2015) and Manal Awad give knockout performances as women caught in a conflict with no end in sight.CLASSIFICATION R
‘Does not stop for one second to take a breath, and the subjects revealed have enormous and urgent philosophical reverb.’ -Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com‘
This handsome film serves as a sobering reminder that in any type of conflict, women tend to get the short end of the stick.’ -Tomris Laffly, Variety
‘Awad is particularly superb –imperturbable, defiant, coolly magnetic –as a woman forced to define resistance on her own terms.’ -Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
‘Huda’s Salon is rubbed raw by the politics of the occupied territories; but somehow it doesn’t feel like an issue movie.’ –Anthony Lane, The New Yorker