Palestine Stereo

Rashid Masharawi, writing and directing his first narrative feature since Laila’s Birthday (2008), returns to the subject of ordinary Palestinians struggling to maintain normal lives amid chaos. Two brothers—a wedding singer and an electrical engineer—move in together after surviving an explosion that killed the singer’s wife and left the engineer deaf. Though less comic and more sentimental than the earlier film, this 2013 drama is just as vivid in its depiction of secular Palestinian society. Mashawari elicits a sweet rapport between the two leads; their casual performances compensate for the more overstated aspects of the script. The warm, ochre-heavy cinematography is another asset, poetically evoking a state of constant dusk. In Arabic with subtitles.