This film opens with a bombing. The rest of the film tells the viewer how the bombing came about.
Chloe, (Evelyne Brochu), is a doctor working in a small Palestinian refugee camp taking care of young pregnant women. She lives in Jerusalem. Every day she must pass through the checkpoint between the two worlds. She often sees her friend and neighbor Ava, (Sivan Levy), who works at the checkpoint. She is in the Israeli army.
Rand, (Sabrina Quazani), is a young Palestinian women expecting a child. She lives with her mother and brother. Her husband is in jail awaiting his sentencing hearing. When the sentencing is announced, her husband gets 25 years.
Day in and day out Chloe goes from relative safety to the constant threat of death. She is literally a woman in the middle. She spends as much time at Rand's house as she does at her own apartment with Ava.
When a young boy is run over by a truck, right in front of Chloe, by Israeli troops; the fact that she can no longer walk the line seems to become clear. She tries to internalize this as she has all of the other things she has experienced, but sooner or later she will have to let it out.
While Chloe is taking a rare night out in Tel Aviv, Rand goes into labor. The camp is locked down and there is gridlock on the streets. Chloe can't get to Rand until an hour and a half later. When she arrives she tries to get the Israeli guard to allow Rand to pass so she can get her to the clinic. Chloe ends up with a rifle in her face. The horrified woman must give birth in the small car. When Rand delivers her baby, Chloe lets her kiss the baby boy. The young doctor tells Rand she must get the child to the clinic. As Chloe is running with the baby, getting her white blouse red with blood, Chloe stops and kisses the babies head. Mika, as the child was to be called, died shortly after birth. With this event it seems clear that all the horrors of the refugee camp are all wrapped up with the body of one dead child.
The death of the baby is one too many tragedies for Chloe.
The next and final tragedy marks the end of the film. I won't say the end is a twist, that would take away from the shock that finalizes this film.
As a film reviewer I've seen many films about the conflicts in the Middle East. The films about Israel and Palestine are the ones that stick a knife in my heart and twist. The documentaries are particularly horror filmed. "Inch'Allah" plays a lot like a doc. Evelyne plays Chloe as having fears, but not showing them to the world. She tries her best to walk the line between the two warring factions and not be pulled to one side or the other.
Much of the film is acted out with emotions from the actor's eyes. Both Evelyne and Sabrina have big expressive brown eyes as does Sivan. A few words are spoken by voice, but a lot is implied by facial expressions.
Director Anais Barbeau-Lavalette has achieved making a film that tells the story of these two women without the political issues infused. This is the story of a family who lives a different life and a doctor who gets too close.
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