60 minutes

The Honourable Woman is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop. With Hugo Blick's (The Shadow Line) distinctive rhythmic style and vision as both a writer and director, he brings together a compelling drama about family inheritance, international business and world politics. Nessa Stein's (Maggie Gyllenhaal) father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father's company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.
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Oct 23, 2015 7:44PM EDT
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A very interesting mini series about a British business woman caught in middle-east conflict. I found the story itself very gripping, every time revealing more and more the extend of who is manipulating or controlling whom. The acting was also superb, very intense and often quite scary.
Now for the not so brilliant part: Unfortunately the series could been done dramaturgically much better. With such a politically and emotionally charged story the director manages lose quite often a lot of the suspense by showing lengthy scenes and underlaying them with a strangely unfitting melancholy , sometimes even wheney, music, that more than often rather pulled me out of the story instead of sucking me in. But all in all it was quite worth watching.

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