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Leila (Mouna Hawa), a high-powered criminal lawyer, and her roommate, Salma (Sana Jammelieh), an aspiring DJ who works in a restaurant kitchen, seem indistinguishable at first from any other ambitious young Tel Aviv residents. Fluent in both Arabic and Hebrew, they work hard and play hard, spending their nights partying in an underground Palestinian club scene. Sure, they have to deal with anti-Palestinian attitudes at times, even in the leftleaning Tel Aviv bubble, but most of the time they are confident, even tough. Leila grew up Muslim, while Salma’s family is Christian, but both of them are fiercely secular.

When Noor (Shaden Kanboura ), a new roommate shows up, we begin to see the cracks in their facade. Noor, who comes from a village, is religious and wears a hijab. An organized, neat computer science student, her only social life is the visits from her equally traditional fiance, Wissam (Henry Andrawes). But unlike her roommates, Noor seems to know exactly what she wants and exactly where she is going. Soon, Noor’s exposure to Leila and Salma changes her and creates conflict between her and her fiance...

  • Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
  • Country: Israel
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 01:43:00
  • imdb Score: 7.4/10 (1,275 votes)
  • Language: Arabic | Hebrew
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura
"They grapple with various issues connected to their race and gender, yet Hamoud keeps the tone relatively light, the women's wit and vibrancy accentuated by a brisk pace and Itay Gross's colorful cinematography."
Leah Pickett - CHICAGO READER

"IN BETWEEN, Ms. Hamoud’s debut feature, is an unusually welcoming and engaging film, inviting you to become a part of the circle of friends it depicts with such energy and warmth. For that reason, it can also be frustrating."
A.O. Scott - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"What elevates Hamoud’s screenplay beyond typical Tinseltown fare, however, is what is at stake by rebelling against cultural norms and choosing a liberal lifestyle—namely, bringing shame to your loved ones and being ostracized by your community."
Susan Wloszczyna - ROGEREBERT.COM

"The script’s nuanced treatment of the complex relationships and a feel for the many-faceted, multicultural city in which it’s set – a unique urban blend of hedonism and tradition, bound together by hummus and history – redeem any shortcomings."
Leslie Felperin - THE GUARDIAN

"After watching Maysaloun Hamoud’s sparkling, taboo-breaking first feature In Between (Bar Bahar), audiences will have to seriously update their ideas about the lifestyle of Palestinian women in Israel."
Deborah Young - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"It's sassily directed and terrifically acted. The main virtue of this fizzy, fierce, sometimes funny girls-together gig is that the actresses are "on" throughout."
Nigel Andrews - FINANCIAL TIMES

AWARDS

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2016
Best Director

San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival 2016
Best Film

Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2017
Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress

Kosmorama, Trondheim Internasjonale Filmfestival 2017
New Directors Award

Berkshire Int'l Film Festival 2017
Best Narrative

Istanbul Int'l Film Festival 2017
Best Director

Zagreb Film Festival 2017
Audience Award

Cinetopia Film Festival 2017
Best Narrative

Haifa Int'l Film Festiva 2016
Best Debut Feature Film and Best Achievement

FESTIVALS

Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival 2017

Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival 2017

Berkshire Int’l Film Festival 2017

Cleveland Int’l Film Festival 2017

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2017

Jeonju Int'l Film Festival 2017

Göteborg Film Festival 2017

Jeonju Int'l Film Festival 2017

New Horizons Film Festival 2017

Jeonju Int'l Film Festival 2017

And many more ...