Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black) stars as Chloé, a Canadian doctor working in the war ravaged Palestinian territories who is trapped between loyalties to friends of differing stations. In her journey from beginning to end she witnesses the atrocities of war, disregard for human life, the hard to understand emotion between peoples who have waged a war with one another for so long.
It’s hard for someone like me, who doesn’t quite understand the political and social ramifications of the featured geographical area, but Inch’Allah manages to work even outside the scope of a country at war with itself and hit on issues of depression, loneliness, self that many of us can relate to, even if its looking at our pasts in contrasts to the things going on afar now.
The disc comes in two formats, one an English version and the other a French version. You’re given the option at the start of the DVD menu. Either selections seem to come with subtitles for one of three languages.
Included in the bonus features you’ll find a short film by Kevin Papatie titled Nous Sommes, a piece on the struggle of the Zapatista’s located in Mexico. The other is a handful of deleted scenes. One obviously taken out with to revealing a clue that pertains to the opening of the film, so watch the deleted scenes at the end of the film and not the beginning.
Overall I thought the film was engaging. It’s a food for thought film that introduces the conflict of a foreign country while keeping a pretty vague sense of identity with it’s main cast in order to flesh out the idea’s behind the characters troubles, allowing you to see them as yourself, and to possibly help you identify the characters troubles in the grand scope of things using their dilemmas as an opening for understanding.
While there is some pretty horrible things going on in the film you’re never allowed to see death or injury. I think this attests to the fact that we always trump up the worst for the things we don’t see. It helps us join in on the emotional pathway the film is setting up for us to follow.
In the end it’s Chloé, the outsider, who really represents the casual viewer who knows nothing about the conflict in that particular region and allows us to fully immerse ourselves in her frustrations and troubles. In that sense it’s a pretty engrossing film.