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Like an Israeli predecessor to Gray’s Two Lovers. The same actor, Moni Moshonov, even plays the father in both films and the protagonist shares that same man-child quality that Phoenix brings to the Gray film. The film starts off as a dark comedy examining the rituals and dynamics that characterize the setting up of an arranged marriage. But soon, it becomes far more dramatic as it shifts to a well-to-do, conservative Israeli family’s reaction to their son’s love affair with an older divorced woman. Koshashvili is less interested in the outcome which he seems to view as almost inevitable and focuses instead the mechanics of how social norms get exerted. The film is pretty much just a sequence of set-pieces that observe the power play between these characters. Really good and heartbreaking.

 

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