In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni (Stephen Dorff) is shot down over Beirut and is taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among the captors is ten-year-old Fahed, whose father obsessively tends to his prized, but sickly olive tree, refusing to replant it until they return to their ancestral land. Despite his deep-rooted hatred for Yoni, Fahed realizes he can use him to get past the border and into “Palestine” to plant his father’s olive tree. The two embark on a harrowing and dangerous journey—one that tests the very boundaries of humanity. ZAYTOUN is a story of survival, reconciliation and friendship.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The film's facile message of cross-cultural unity owes more to fairy tale than reality, but the action is slick and the story gripping.Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter, 09.23.2013
In grabbing for the heart this one-size-fits-all fable sadly ignores the mind.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 09.19.2013
Given how much Zaytoun follows the playbook, the pic's portentous ending is extraordinarily subtle, and will resonate best with those who know the history of the region.John Anderson, Variety, 09.24.2013
It's just all too breezy to have any real effect.Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 09.26.2013