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Rana's Wedding

This minimalist drama/comedy (mostly drama) finds a young Palestinian girl in the midst of a crisis. She has until sundown to find a man and get married or get shipped off to Egypt with her father. Pop wants her to choose from several well-off young businessmen. But our heroine wants to marry her lover, a poor theatrical director. The film basically follows Rana's attempts to find her fiancé, locate a holy man and seal the bond before day's end. These seemingly simple tasks are infinitely complicated by the assorted roadblocks, checkpoints and barricades taking over the country. The film is a mildly interesting window onto the world of the modern Middle East, but the story is far too simple and tame to really carry much weight with it. In Arabic with English subtitles. 90 minutes