An energetic and refreshing take on the sub-genre of female friends living, loving and working in a big city, In Between follows three Arab-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv, balancing their modern lives with traditional expectations.
Laila is a successful lawyer who can drink any man under the table. Salma, a music instructor and DJ whose Christian family set her up with potential husbands, despite her being a lesbian. New flatmate Noor, a devout Muslim computer scientist, is quickly made a member of the family. But tradition and expectations threaten to undermine their need for independence and fulfillment.
On the release of the film, director Maysaloun Hamoud, found herself the subject of death threats and fatwas from fundamentalists, accused of disparaging or corrupting Muslim women. Elsewhere, In Between has been rapturously received, with Hamoud receiving the Women in Motion, Young Talents award at Cannes. Presenting Hamound with the award, actress Isabelle Huppert declared, “the free spirited and joyful women [Hamoud] portrays… are true heroines of our time”.
Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles