Settled in psychological complexity and in the cinematographic avant-garde, Alain Resnais composed in 1959 one of the fundamental romances in the history of cinema: Hiroshima mon amour. From a much more social aspect and with a narrative protected by the plot, exposition and character simplicity, the Palestinian twin brothers Tarzan and Arab Nasser honor Resnais’ title with Gaza mon amour. Even in post-world war Japanese hell and the devastated contemporary fringe there is room for desire and affection.
The usual power outages suffered by the population – electricity reaches homes for just four hours a day, said a chronicle by Juan Carlos Sanz in this newspaper a couple of weeks ago. The wishes of a character to emigrate to Europe even risking his life. The pressure of the Palestinian police and Hamas towards the main fisherman, 65, after finding a statue of Apollo, accused of possession of antiquity. The daily oppression of Arab society towards a young woman due to the fact of being divorced and living freely. Missiles launched by Israel and its border control.
And yet, despite the drama and all the social and political notes, Gaza mon amour it is almost a comedy: minimalist, perhaps too much; naive, but not overly so; and, above all, hopeful. A fable about the autumnal love between the single fisherman and a neighboring seamstress and widow, with notes of the forced encounters for marriage in the style of the Japanese cinema, Yasujiro Ozu, and in which Julio Iglesias, the protagonist’s favorite singer, has a very special appearance. , of the one who keeps in a drawer a load of cassettes with which to dream of a future as a couple, and of the one who sounds like full blast Do not break the night.
Delicate and with a bitter touch that does not overshadow its jovial spirit, Gaza mon amour culminates as a hymn to life and with a beautiful outcome. And the Nassers don’t miss the opportunity to send a message to the world, either. From television, a talkative states: “No one has a development strategy for Gaza. Not the Palestinian authorities, not Hamas, not the other political parties. Neither did Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, the United States and the Arab League. No one has it”.