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Zaytoun (movie)

Review: 'Zaytoun's' light tone misses a serious point

Review: 'Zaytoun's' light tone misses a serious point

It might be asking a lot for a mainstream odd-couple road-trip movie to bear the dramatic heft of the heavy Israeli-Arab conflict, specifically the 1982 war with Lebanon, but "Zaytoun" — Arabic for "olive" — travels light, with an optimistic smile, no matter the stakes.

Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis ("The Lemon Tree") and screenwriter Nader Rizq maneuver into place the unlikely pairing of a downed Israeli pilot, Yoni (Stephen Dorff), and a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee in Beirut named Fahed (Abdallah El Akal). Gruff, resourceful Yoni is escaping the clutches of the PLO, while his young companion — initially one of his captors — is eager to get back...

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