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Moments (1979)

Moments de la vie d'une femme (original title)
| Drama | 1979 (Israel)
Anne, a Parisian, visits her friend Yola in Tel Aviv, where Yola lives with her husband Avi and their son. There's tension in the air and the attraction between the two women is palpable. ... See full summary »


Michal Bat-Adam


Michal Bat-Adam




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michal Bat-Adam ... Yola
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Anne
Assi Dayan ... Avi
Avi Pnini ... Ilan
Eliram Dekel Eliram Dekel ... Roni
Dahn Ben Amotz ... Architect (as Dan Ben-Amotz)
Menashe Warshavsky ... Restaurant Waiter (as Menashé Warshavski)
Shmuel Shaked Shmuel Shaked ... Hotel Waiter
Yehoshua Luff Yehoshua Luff ... Hotel Waiter (as Yeshoshova Louf)
Gideon Zadok Gideon Zadok ... Taxi Driver (as Gideon Tsadok)
Marek Rozenbaum Marek Rozenbaum ... Taxi Driver
Goldie Heller Goldie Heller ... Taxi Passenger
Ariella Rabinovich Ariella Rabinovich ... Babysitter (as Ariela Rabinovitch)
Rose Meshihi Rose Meshihi ... Maid
Tova Piron Tova Piron ... Restaurant Server


Anne, a Parisian, visits her friend Yola in Tel Aviv, where Yola lives with her husband Avi and their son. There's tension in the air and the attraction between the two women is palpable. Flash back five years to their meeting, on a train to Jerusalem. Yola invites Anne to stay at her hotel, and over the next five days, their friendship builds from talk about their lives to an explosive menage a trois when Avi joins them on fourth day. Back in the present, can Yola have both Avi and Anne, or are the women futilely chasing rainbows? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Nuvelle vague, and a little Israeli nostalgia
26 April 2020 | by NozzSee all my reviews

This is Michal Bat-Adam's first movie as a writer-director. It's forty years old at this writing, and some of the scenes are by now unintentionally nostalgic for those of us who remember Israel from back then. Other scenes are intentionally picturesque, filmed in Jerusalem. The plot is somewhat minimalist and the scenes have a casual nouvelle-vague aesthetic of ostensibly throwaway naturalism that can be charming but can also verge on pretentiousness. If I understand correctly, it's about a woman who has trouble committing herself to making a choice and following through on it. Maybe trouble growing up. Bat-Adam (also starring) plays a writer who is trying to make progress on her book. Nothing, really, for the audience to care much about as such (for whatever unstated reason, she has zero financial worries) except that she comes to the screen with one of the most photogenic faces that the camera ever saw. She meets a tourist who functions as a sort of straight man for her self-revelations, but the tourist is a woman and the dynamic between them quickly implies she may not be entirely straight. The title "Moments" rather prefigures the rest of Bat-Adam's work as a filmmaker; her movies do tend each to be a collection of intriguing moments rather than a gripping continuous story with strong momentum. This one attracted more than a little attention and set her career rolling.

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