The Honorable Woman

The Honorable Woman

DVD - 2014 | Widescreen version.
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Two siblings, Nessa and Ephra Stein, children of a zionist arms procurer, now run a foundation aiming to reduce the conflict through increasing Palestine's economic prosperity. When Nessa's foundation is about to announce a major business contract with a prominent Palestinian businessman, he is found dead in an apparent suicide. As doubt circles around his cause of death, an international investigation turns into a manhunt.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: HONOR
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (468 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Honourable woman

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Nooksack20
Aug 13, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this flick. An interesting plot, but was drug out too long to hold my interest so I used the fast forward button through much of it. Maggie Gyllenhaal did not physically fit the profile of the character she portrayed. Her pasty round face with a bobbed hair style and gangly figure would have worked nicely had she been portraying an English girl rather than that of an Israeli woman. The constant weeping and gnashing of teeth throughout was distracting and overdone. The supporting actors were good and well cast. The last episode was the only part that really carried the day, making this a watchable flick.

Very dark. The first few episodes were so suspenseful I almost gave up. But it is an amazingly complex spy/ international intrigue story with difficult but plausible closure.

annie Jul 29, 2017

Very suspenseful. Many plot twists.

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harryscrawford
Jun 07, 2017

Fabulous spy thriller. Lots of twists and turns.

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JayBortnik
Aug 20, 2016

Binge worthy. I have list of other binge worthy UK TV series at https://jaybortnik.blogspot.ca/2016/08/watch-this-dvd.html

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ritrak
May 25, 2016

I consider this an excellent series for mature adults, though it helps to have some understanding about the tension between Israel and the Palestinians. Just don't let this story influence your views about the various nations/people too much - this is a work of fiction.
There are deep secrets that are only fully revealed well into the series. Exactly who the "bad guys" are - they promote and protect their interests with shocking ruthlessness - remains ambiguous until near the end of the series. This series could not have worked had the writer/director/producer taken a neutral stance - but I try to.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2016

One of the best British political drama series that followed the head of an Anglo-Jewish foundation doing her best to diffuse the age-old Israeli–Palestinian conflict. And if her mission was not perilous enough, she was subjected to egregious meddling by self serving foreign powers.

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kaybea
Mar 17, 2016

I have to agree with JackamoJames' comments.
Also the heroine's character just didn't work for me.

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Jane_Sm
Mar 07, 2016

Absolutely brilliant in every way! Top-notch thriller with an ocean of life underneath. Maggie Gyllenhaal superlative in the range and depth of expression in her role; supporting characters were equally admirable. I found it helpful to keep a list of the dozen main characters' names and roles, and to look up some of the political references. Very thoughtful and enlightening story.

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Dax
Mar 05, 2016

I had to watch this series twice to fully understand what was happening. I am not from the Middle East, so am not familiar with many of the references. I felt like I had stepped into somebody's nightmare. I enjoyed watching it, but found it confusing. I wish they didn't put in the full sex scenes; now that gave me my own nightmares. Seemed to me that parts had been edited out. Worthwhile watching, thanks to our fantastic OPL.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2016

-What would your father think of today? I hope he'd be very proud. "The sword of Israel", and his daughter holding her hand out to the Palestinians?
Nessa: As I have continued to say throughout this whole process, anything that contributes to promoting stability in the region, I hope will be greeted with enthusiasm on all sides. And I believe it is.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2016

Nessa: What are those?
Frances: Ceremonial shovels. The idea is that both you and El-Amin have one at the launch.
Nessa: OK.
Frances: The problem is, which one to choose. This one's Palestinian made. This one's Israeli. This one's got an Israeli handle on, but a Palestinian blade, and this one's the other way round.
Nessa: What you really need is a blade that's half and half, split down the middle, so that both sides strike the ground at the same time.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2016

-You tried? With what? With what, Nessa? Cables? We need a nation.
Nessa: I always thought I had.
-Have you seen the hills? What they're building? Every day and every day? What you try don't change anything for my people. We need so much more.
Nessa: What else can I do? Do you need me to die?
-Me? Oh, no. No. But if it's the price... for a nation...I'm sorry to tell you, yes.
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-The hatred you feel for me right now...only matches what I have felt for your people...all my life.

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