One Day You'll Understand
, the 2008 French film, is not an unexpected work by Amos Gitai
. The Israeli director's past efforts include a searing dissection of Orthodox Jewish society (Kadosh
(1999)) plus countless semi-experimental narratives and documentaries such as House (1980), the biography of a home from its original Palestinian owners to its current Israeli inhabitants.
In this recent effort, an adaptation of a novel by Jerome Clement, Gitai once again sidesteps sentimentality, as is his wont, to tell the tale of a Jewish woman, Rivka (Jeanne Moreau
), who was married to a Gentile during World War II. They had two children, but only one -- her son, Victor (Hippolyte Girardot
), who was born after the war and raised a Catholic -- now wants to know what occurred during those years.
The film begins in France in 1987. Rivka, graceful even with her hair in curlers, is cooking dinner as the eighth day of