Huda's Salon

2021 [ARABIC]

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March 06, 2022 at 06:05 PM

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Ali Suliman as Hasan
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Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10

actions and consequences

Greetings again from the darkness. Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad has had two films nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. OMAR (2013) and PARADISE NOW (2005) were both excellent and deserving of such regard. His latest in 'based on true events' from Bethlehem, West Bank in Occupied Palestine. He shows us the intimidating wall around the city and points out the vulnerability of local women.

Reem (Maisa Ebd Elhadi) is in the chair for her appointment with Huda (Manal Awad) at the salon. The banter between the two women shows an obvious connection between a long-time client and her stylist. However, it's the first visit in a while as Reem has recently had a baby, and the infant is along for this appointment. The cheerful conversation comes to an abrupt halt following Huda's shocking actions. This extended take is difficult for us as viewers, as we see the entire thing unfold.

The ultimate betrayal between friends leads to a direct conversation that has Reem grasping for a proper solution and fearing for her life. Huda's actions have placed Reem and her family in imminent danger. Huda has blackmailed Reem into providing information to Israel's Secret Service ... spying on her community. On top of tending to her infant child and worrying about her new perilous situation, Reem is also dealing with a jealous husband at home. Yusef (Jalal Masarwa) thinks his biggest concern is a wife who may be sneaking around on him (she's not), when in fact, the danger is much more severe.

After the initial sequence in the salon, the bulk of the film is a back and forth between Reem desperately trying to save herself and her baby, and Huda being interrogated by Hasan (Ali Suliman), a Palestinian pushing Huda to identify those she has "turned" in the same manner she blackmailed Reem. The contrast between these two concurrent threads is striking. While both are ominous, Huda is exceedingly cool under pressure while Reem is frantic. The reason for the differences: Huda is resigned to her fate, while Reem remains hopeful.

It's The Occupation versus The Resistance, and to be a traitor likely means death. But what to do when blackmailed and caught in a no-win situation? That's Reem's predicament. At the same time, Huda, already a societal outcast as a divorcee, has played her role and fully understands what that means. To ensure we "get" the existence women are living, director Abu-Assad inserts a scene in a clinic where a pregnant woman begs for another test after it's announced she's having another daughter. This perfectly illustrates the value of women caught up in the geopolitical battle between Israel and Palestine.

In theaters and On Demand beginning March 4, 2022.

Reviewed by Modestency 4 / 10

In short: Not good at all!

The beginning promised an intense story inspired by true events, but 10 or 15 minutes into the movie that quickly faded away.

As an Arabic speaker; the dialogue reminded me of 6th or 7th grade writing classes with a wooden language that is full of naïve and overused expressions. The weakness in the dialogue\acting especially flourishes when the interrogation scenes between Huda and the very fashionable Palestinian resistance member start.

Not to mention that this film is supposedly shedding a light on a just cause like the daily struggles of Palestinian under occupation so having the nude scenes felt a little unnecessary in this setting. And was rather used to prove that Arab cinema can be "Progressive" too!

Reviewed by Elinee 8 / 10

A complex criticism

"Hany Abu-Assad's political and emotional thriller explores a dangerous clash between two women struggling to cope with life under occupation.

Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, whose films Paradise Now and Omar were both nominated for Oscars, continues to deliver hard-hitting stories from the moral frontline. In Huda's Salon, that line is located in "Bethlehem, West Bank, Occupied Palestine." In a thriller of political and emotional twists and turns, Abu-Assad reveals a society poisoned by the betrayal and intrigue that comes with occupation.

Reem (Maisa Abd Elhadi) visits Huda's hair salon for her usual treatment. As they chat, what starts as a lovely domestic drama shifts hard when Reem is betrayed by Huda (Manal Awad) and thrown into a dangerously compromising situation. She's offered only one way out: work with Israel's secret service, spying on her own community. As Reem tries to extricate herself from an impossible dilemma, Huda's actions threaten her own safety. As in every region torn apart by war, the broader battle lines and larger violence also take a more intimate form between individuals trying to survive at any cost.

In sharp scenes that cut to the heart of the conflict, Huda's Salon turns its lens inward, ruthlessly exploring how living under constant threat of violence corrodes its characters' relationships and their grasp on moral certainty. Reem is drawn into the world of neighbours and friends spying on each other that Huda already secretly inhabits. With resistance fighters amongst them who show no hesitation to take the life of a traitor, these two women - whether innocent or compromised - face the harsh choices determined by their environment. "It's easier to occupy a society," Huda says at one point, "that is already repressing itself.""

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