The Honourable Woman


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Released: 03 July 2014 Ended
Producted By: BBC Worldwide
Country: United States of America
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Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who as a child witnessed his assassination. Now an adult, Nessa inherits her father's company and changes course from supplying arms to laying data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Her efforts to reconcile the Israelis and Palestinians lands her an appointment to the House of Lords and creates an international political maelstrom.

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FuzzyTagz If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
Ava-Grace Willis Story: It's very simple but honestly that is fine.
Ezmae Chang This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
Geraldine The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
rowelisa-21376 I was excited to see Maggie Gyllenhaal and I love all the other British Actors. I love BBC. The problem with this miniseries for me is the main character Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal). She is a naive and not very smart Baroness and leader of her company. She stupidly goes into Gaza risking her own life and her interpreter's life and feels absolutely no remorse. She has no regard for all the people are trying to help her. Nessa Stein continues to act as this righteous business woman thinking that she of anybody is the smartest person on earth. As the leader, Baroness, and spokesperson for her company, she doesn't listen to anyone particularly her beloved brother, Ephra who had risked everything to get her butt out of Gaza. Nessa also decides to have the most loyal body guard Tobias Menzies (my most favorite character) to do some very dangerous spy detective work for her own personal secrets in which he never comes back from. Nessa never takes responsibility for her mistakes and terrible decisions. Everything is about Nessa's emotional bursts of crying fits and disregarding the experts trying to advise her. I found this series difficult to watch because of the Nessa Stein character taking no accountability for her actions and crying throughout every scene feeling sorry for her self.
chris-bushwacker I'll make this short. Gyllenhall's Nessa is smug, unlikeable and extrenely irritating. Her brother is shifty and suspicious, given to bouts of passive/aggressive resentful behaviour for no good reason I can see. The housekeeper doesn't seem to care that much about getting her kidnapped son back and all of them put plenty of energy into not helping the police. We get it - they have secrets, even from each other, but .... who cares!The only one behaving like a normal person is the sister-in-law, who is incredulous, very impatient, and clearly wondering what kind of stupid family she has married into. She is the only one I felt any sympathy for, the others being creepy, evasive and apparently uncaring. I detested them all and did not get beyond episode 3 - not because it was boring and slow, which it certainly was, but because I just didn't care about their silly secrets and nor did I believe they were important enough to keep, certainly not at the expense of a little boy.The nonsensiccal behaviour of the FBI woman (who ever hailed a cab in London that had an American driver?) the childish British security services, the silly gung-ho bodyguard with more detecting capabilities than Sherlock Holmes,, the extremely unprofessional nurse, the bereaved wife that happily swaps the life of her husband for fifteen fahasand pahnds ... who behaves like this? Really? It was all so utterly stupid.Verdict based on almost 3 episodes - Ghastly rubbish which should have been buried in the desert never to be unearthed. I know everyone that liked it said it picks up after 4 episodes but do the characters become more likeable and less annoying? Probably not.
rajatdahiyax The Honourable Woman is a 2014 British political–spy thriller television miniseries in eight parts, directed and written by Hugo Blick for the BBC and SundanceTV. Featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal in the title role. Eight years after taking over the family company from her brother, Anglo-Israeli businesswoman Nessa Stein is made a life peer for her continued commitment to the Middle East peace process. When her new business partner dies in an apparent suicide, she is forced to delay the third phase of an ambitious and long-standing project: connecting the West Bank with optical fiber cables. Then Kasim, the son of a close friend of Nessa's, is kidnapped and bad memories are brought back.
asc85 After the first couple of episodes, I thought about stopping, as it was difficult to follow what the heck was going on. But I hung in there, and boy was I glad. Basically, in the first episode, all these things happen, all these characters are introduced, and you have no idea why. The story then continues in episodes 2-6 basically giving the back story of why episode #1 happened. This all leads up to a shocking climax in episode #7, with a nearly-as-shocking episode #8. I've never been a huge Maggie G. fan, and I think she's OK in this, but nothing great. Since I'm American, I have no way of critiquing the authenticity of her English accent, but it seemed fine to me. Alternatively, Stephen Rea is great, and I will echo another reviewer and say that he pretty much steals every scene that he's in.If you're reading this and feel that the first couple of episodes are difficult to slog through, I'd say hang in there, and you will be rewarded at the end.