Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in March

Bethlehem
Release Date: March 7
Director: Yuval Adler
Cast: Tsahi Halevi, Shadi Mar’I, Hitham Omari, Michal Shtamler, Tarik Kopty

A.O. Scott called this Israeli thriller a “West Bank Wire,” and while that’s painting with a pretty broad brush, the comparison is fairly apt; first-time director Yuval Adler weaves a morally challenging and narratively complex tale of Israeli Secret Service agents and their Palestinian informants, specifically one sympathetic cop and his key contact, the younger brother of a notorious terrorist. There’s plenty of food for thought about the cycle of violence, where each act is retribution for a previous offense which simultaneously begets another one, but it’s ultimately about this cop and this kid, carefully setting up a high-stakes confrontation that pushes their trust to its limits. Immersive and immediate, and its closing scenes are almost unbearable.