Love During Wartime Directed by Gabriella Bier Tuesday, June 21 at 3:45 p.m.; also on Sunday, June 26 at 6:45 p.m. Both showings at AFI Silver 2.

It’s Romeo and Juliet with a post-colonial twist. Love During Wartime (directed by Gabriella Bier) is the story of a lovestruck Israeli and Palestinian who flee their native lands to live in marital bliss. Of course, that’s a messy proposition, and the back-and-forth between their families can feel lengthy and jarring, if only because of the flurry of subtitles. The film, to its credit, is understated and propaganda-free, illuminating the devastation that xenophobia exacts on everyone. Eventually the couple settles in Germany, where they dodge several legal challenges to their residence. It’s a bit of an anticlimax, but there are plenty of touching scenes (the couple is shown spooning) juxtaposed with some deeply upsetting ones (they argue about where they should live). Spoiler alert: The final shot, an ultrasound showing a pulsing embryo, will melt your heart. Though we don’t know what becomes of the couple, the baby symbolizes a merging of their disparate worlds. It’s a hippie notion come true: Make babies, not war.

Tuesday, June 21 at 3:45 p.m.; also on Sunday, June 26 at 6:45 p.m. Both showings at AFI Silver 2.

 

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