The Eternal Dance
(2003), the second film directed by noted Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas (Satin Rouge
, Door to the Sun
), is the beautifully poetic story of coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Just shy of thirty minutes, each short scene commands heartfelt performances that tenderly reveal the emotion that death leaves in its wake. While on the surface the plot is simple, The Eternal Dance
reveals itself to be much more. The Eternal Dance
at times feels more like a stage play than a film, but this is not a bad thing. Every suggestive movement, silence and gesture builds to create an unforgettable film dealing with a highly significant subject.