Bethlehem

An Israeli intelligence officer develops a fatherly sympathy for his teenage Palestinian informant as he’s closing in on the kid’s older brother, a noted militia leader. Cowritten by an Israeli (Yuval Adler, who also directed) and a Palestinian (Ali Wakad), this Israeli suspense drama grants roughly equal screen time to the officer and the informant, using each to consider the network of people that surrounds him. It’s commendably balanced and detailed in its portrait of Arab-Israeli tensions, though as filmmaking it never feels particularly urgent. The social observations have the overdetermined quality one associates with network TV dramas, and Adler’s visual style seldom transcends the purely functional. In subtitled Arabic and Hebrew.