Tarzan & Arab Nasser | Palestine, France, Qatar | 2015 | 83 min | Arabic spoken | English subtitles
A beauty salon in Gaza, on a sweltering day: that’s the setting of this Kammerspiel in which thirteen women are condemned to each other’s company for longer than they’d like. Among them are a bride-to-be with her mother, mother-in-law and sister-in-law; an older woman who is hoping to seduce her divorce lawyer; a heavily pregnant client; and the salon owner and her assistant. While the women wrangle about hairstyles or the pace of operations, we get a glimpse into their lives. The unreliable power supply and ditto spouses are sources of recurring frustration. Meanwhile, right in front of the salon door, the assistant’s gangster boyfriend provokes an escalation of violence, which drives up the perceived temperature inside by a few degrees.