“ And the great irony of it is that Julian Schnabel has purposely contrived his film hoping to avoid this very accusation.
“ But an unpardonable fault is the lack of a truly capable, compelling character for us to focus on.
“ They may have to settle for the satisfaction of telling a compelling story beautifully, as both their political aims and commercial success will no doubt lie beyond their capability.
“ Based on a book by "Rula Jebreal," the film is immensely entertaining, and is about the power and the value of education over the power and value of war (or peace marches, as the case may be, for Mrs. Husseini doesn't like those, either).
“ Hind encourages Miral to follow her heart and convictions: it is the development of change represented by Hind, Nada, and Miral that personalizes this compelling epic.
“ This is an experience that we cherish and revere, and since we are so defensive of our emotional lives we define these compelling moments as important.
“ The most riveting scene for me is where Miral learns that love and hate have the same roots and is beautifully played out.
“ This movie also tells the compelling, and wonderful stories of a certain Fatima, aka, "the good nurse," Hind, of course, and, in the beginning of the film, Nadia, who is forced into near-prostitution as a result of her intolerance of her marriage with a creep who also shows signs of willingness to bed his own daughter.
“One high circulation newspaper said that the film was a "slanderous and shameful piece of propaganda.
“ Compelling Memoir of an Israeli Palestinian Woman .
“ To see the Israeli seen as "bad guys" was almost shocking, what with the Jewish propaganda we get out of Hollywood all the time.
“ A compelling insight into a war without end .
“ The cinematography is beautiful and the lead actors are compelling in their roles.
“ Kudos to that I say, nevertheless I found the story confusing.
“ Propaganda right out of the Soviet Union's playbook for Yassar Arafat.