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Rated PG-13 · 105 min. · 2012


It might seem that a foreign filmmaker with a résumé consisting mostly of television comedies wouldn't be a good fit for a melodrama about the ongoing conflict between the state of Israel and the Palestinian people. But French filmmaker Lorraine Levy's drama mostly avoids the pitfalls as we meet two young men, one Arab and one Jewish, who discover they were switched at birth. As improbable and sentimental as the story may sound, it proves to be a sturdy framework for examining two cultures that exist in a disputed land. Both families are treated sympathetically, even as the filmmaker is clearly skeptical of a regime that left no question which baby exited the hospital as the prince and which left as the pauper.

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In French filmmaker Lorraine Levy's switched-at-birth story, a Jewish baby grows up in the West Bank as an Arab named Yacine, while an Arab baby grows up in a comfortably middle-class Tel Aviv household as Joseph. »

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Director: Lorraine Lévy
Writer: Nathalie Saugeon, Lorraine Lévy and Noam Fitoussi
Producer: Virginie Lacombe and Raphaël Berdugo
Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi, Areen Omari, Khalifa Natour, Mahmood Shalabi, Bruno Podalydès, Diana Zriek and Marie Wisselmann

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