Ashley Moreno is a senior at Amityville High School.




Film Breaks Down Walls of Intolerance

By Ashley Moreno

Greene Team Correspondent

Clarinet in hand, Adam Levy was on his way to an audition when he became entangled in a protest. After being forced to lie on the floor with the demonstrators, he finds himself next to a girl wearing a hijab and there is instantly an undeniable connection. While officers break up the protest and everyone scatters, Adam is left curious as to the identity of the girl wearing the hijab. 

A modern Juliet, Yasmine Gibran (Flavia Bechara) marches down Mile End with beau Adam in mind

Canadian Director Michael Mackenzie’s film, set in the Mile End section of Montreal, establishes a modern day spin-off of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in “Adams Wall.” The film centers around a blossoming relationship that is road-blocked by hostility between two families and underscored by an intense conflict overseas between their religions.


Adam, played by Jesse Aaron Dwyre, is a reserved, pensive, and scarred teenager who goes against his grandfather, a rabbi, to pursue his musical ambitions instead of studying to be a lawyer. His grandfather is agitated and disappointed when he discovers Adam is spending time with “that Arab girl,” Yasmine Gibran (Flavia Bechara), a bubbly Lebanese girl who happens to be the daughter of Adam’s grandfather’s adversary.


Yasmine’s father is not exactly ecstatic about their new relationship either. 


In the climaxe of the movie, when Adam is haunted by a flash of memory when his parents were callously murdered 10 years earlier, Yasmine comforts him at his most vulnerable time.


The plot goes on and the audience is further engulfed, as the romance between the two appears to be kismet. Their love for each other is tested by the ongoing hostility between their guardians, and the religious tension coems closer to home when Jasmine learns her mom, a journalist, has gone missing in Lebanon after a series of fatal bombings. 


Early in the movie a young Adam toddles through the snow on his way to a wall where he stores his precious items, such as a record collection with tunes his mother, a clarinettist, used to play. It becomes evident later in the movie that this wall, overlooking Montreal, is symbolic of the barriers that are keeping him from progressing.


Dwyre and Bechara do a brilliant job at wholeheartedly committing to their characters. When Yasmine gently caressed Adams lips while he placed his fingers along her forearms, pretending to play the clarinet, the connection between the two lovers seemed genuine and pure.


The subdued lighting and mellow soundtrack are fitting for the storyline, creating a stark and then placid atmosphere when necessary.


However, the writing was less than spectacular and rushed, as the subplot concerning Yasmine’s mother’s disappearance was not fully developed. A terse telephone conversation, during which Yasmine’s father finds out information about her, quickly resolves one of the conflicts in the story that kept viewers on the edge of their seats.


While the creativity was there, the storyline lacked a dramatic finale. Considering the relatively small $1.2 million budget, the acting is outstanding and “Adam’s Wall” makes for a heartfelt film.

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