AJAMI

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This tough, gritty Is­raeli movie — an Os­car nom­i­nee for Best For­eign Lan­guage film — has a lot of things go­ing for it, but clar­ity is not one of them. Ajami shuf­fles a deck of nar­ra­tive cards and deals them for­ward and back­ward. Sto­ries stop and start, over­lap, re­verse, and side­step one an­other. It’s a patch­work tale of drugs, feuds, love, and death in the mean streets of Ajami, a multi-eth­nic,

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