The Honorable Woman

The Honorable Woman

DVD - 2014
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Two siblings, Nessa and Ephra stein, children of a zionist arms procurer, now run a foundation aiming to reduce the conflict through increasing Palestine's economic prosperity. When Nessa's foundation is about to announce a major business contract with a prominent Palestinian businessman, he is found dead in an apparent suicide. As doubt circles around his cause of death, an international investigation turns into a manhunt.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD Honorable
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (468 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, stereo, rda
video file, DVD video, rda
Alternative Title: Honourable woman


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Sep 15, 2020

All I kept on thinking listening to the soundtrack was 'who really made a mint with this'... Like most films, they try to capture your interest in the first couple of episodes, then dwindle out because there's just not enough for the series... And again, the same stuff - guns, killings, deception... The main actress did not fit the bill...

Oct 21, 2019

A waiter in a crowded restaurant offers a basket of rolls to a young girl, then pulls it away as she reaches for one.
He then serves her using tongs.
Then he garrotes her father as the girl & her brother sit placidly on either side.
And that's as good as it gets.
Jump 29 years.
A long-time family friend, old enough to be the now mid-30s woman's father, whines about not getting a contract from the woman's company. She tells him he was a party to an unsavory $297 million deal. He says her source is lying. Sorry, even if his role was honest, as the woman allows it probably was, the very size and nature of the transactions would have been widely reported in the global business press regardless of the integrity of its participants. Unless he is oblivious to his own business, he can't have not known.

The man whose company did get the contract is killed n a flash-on-the screen scene so quickly cut that one is easily left unsure what happened. (One almost misses the commercials to which the cut would have been in the old days, providing a chance to ponder what happened.)
Long scenes with no dialog and meaningless action a bound.

In short, this is an implausible, stupid script that is very, very, very tedious to watch.

Don't bother.

Aug 15, 2019

I gave it 1/2 star because I just didn't get it. I couldn't keep track of who's who, why they were killed, why they killed, what were their goals, what country were they from, who was working for who, and who was truly trustworthy? I had to turn off the sound of the too frequent lip smacking, spit face, sex scenes. So unworthy and unnecessary. Every scene from disc to disc left me tense and stressed trying to figure out why I hadn't turned this video off. When the end came I still didn't recognize who and why it ended the way it did. This film needed to come with directions like my air fryer did.

Jan 30, 2018

I thought it was well-done, with outstanding performances by Maggie Gyllenaal and many others. The best thing about it was the portrayal of the complex politics of the middle east. It makes you lose hope.

Nov 10, 2017

Complex, tense story. What is the purpose of good will that may be destructive? Revenge and "cause" mixed. The interference of external intelligence. Israel, Palestine, US, Britain all for a peaceful solution?
Excellent performance.

Oct 01, 2017

With the plot twisting with each episode the main question of the series that was stated at each opening "Who can you trust and how can you tell" was answered in different ways. Most of the cases were where personal relationships and commitment to goals/ideals smashed into the reality of not being able to sustain both and a choice was made.

Since Game of Thrones has set a higher level of acceptance of violence and sex on mainstream media viewers of this series shouldn't be surprised by it's content. In all the instances that I can recall what was happening on screen did advance the understanding of the characters although sometimes in head shaking ways.

I was interested throughout the series as to what would be the outcome. Unfortunately there will be no Season 2 so the ending was the ending.

Sep 23, 2017

In the review by Dax, I was struck by the sentence, "I felt like I had stepped into somebody else's nightmare." That is profoundly accurate, for me. I've watched most of the series on the CBC, but try as I might, I can't identify with any of the characters, even the two main women. I admire their toughness and resilience, but I can't imagine surviving what they go through. As for most of the men, their icy cruelty seems almost psychopathic. I found myself muting the sound and even closing my eyes to the violence. Approach this one with caution.

Aug 13, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this flick. An interesting plot, but was drug out too long to hold my interest so I used the fast forward button through much of it. Maggie Gyllenhaal did not physically fit the profile of the character she portrayed. Her pasty round face with a bobbed hair style and gangly figure would have worked nicely had she been portraying an English girl rather than that of an Israeli woman. The constant weeping and gnashing of teeth throughout was distracting and overdone. The supporting actors were good and well cast. The last episode was the only part that really carried the day, making this a watchable flick.

Very dark. The first few episodes were so suspenseful I almost gave up. But it is an amazingly complex spy/ international intrigue story with difficult but plausible closure.

annie Jul 29, 2017

Very suspenseful. Many plot twists.

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Mar 17, 2016

-What would your father think of today? I hope he'd be very proud. "The sword of Israel", and his daughter holding her hand out to the Palestinians?
Nessa: As I have continued to say throughout this whole process, anything that contributes to promoting stability in the region, I hope will be greeted with enthusiasm on all sides. And I believe it is.

Mar 17, 2016

Nessa: What are those?
Frances: Ceremonial shovels. The idea is that both you and El-Amin have one at the launch.
Nessa: OK.
Frances: The problem is, which one to choose. This one's Palestinian made. This one's Israeli. This one's got an Israeli handle on, but a Palestinian blade, and this one's the other way round.
Nessa: What you really need is a blade that's half and half, split down the middle, so that both sides strike the ground at the same time.

Mar 17, 2016

-You tried? With what? With what, Nessa? Cables? We need a nation.
Nessa: I always thought I had.
-Have you seen the hills? What they're building? Every day and every day? What you try don't change anything for my people. We need so much more.
Nessa: What else can I do? Do you need me to die?
-Me? Oh, no. No. But if it's the price... for a nation...I'm sorry to tell you, yes.
-The hatred you feel for me right now...only matches what I have felt for your people...all my life.


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