By William Wolf

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A tense thriller that fits right in with today’s concerns involving Syria has been written and directed by Ruba Nadda, who as a teenager lived in that country and therefore is especially capable of creating the film’s atmosphere.

The story is harrowing. Adib, a Syrian-Canadian businessman who lives in Toronto after having fled Syria, learns that one of his daughters has disappeared in Damascus, where she apparently went after traveling to Greece. Adib, who, it turns out, was in the resistance movement in Syria, sets off on an urgent, clandestine mission to find his daughter.

Alexander Siddig, who plays Adib, is hardly the typical action hero. But he lives up to the dictates of Nadda’s screenplay, having to sneak across the Jordanian border into the country and make the most of his contacts. One of them is an old flame who was his fiancée before his marriage, Ready for who plays her? It is the delectable Marisa Tomei as Fatima. Old love problems notwithstanding, she tries to assist and adds some spice to the situation.

The plot thickens when his daughter is said to be a spy. There is the requisite intrigue and action, and suspense is achieved whether or not you are convinced of every development and the physicality.

Mainly, the film has the advantage of topicality.

  

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