A single car accident brings together the fate of protagonists from four different stories, as its consequences are gradually revealed during the course of one day. Raffi, a 9 year old immigrant from Argentina, awaiting his belated circumcision operation, learns valuable but hard truths about his own life and his parents. At the same time, Oshri, 21, who just arrived in Israel after an extended journey abroad has to come to terms with her father's refusal to stop for help after hitting a bicycle rider on their way home from the airport. Work weary and divorced, Chava barely pays enough attention to her 6 year old daughter Gili. When she accidentally discovers the identity of her biological mother, Chava, drags Gili on a ride to follow the woman in question on a day that proves to be her most dramatic. These are twilight hours, where the mist that hovers between generations, between worlds, is lifted. These are stories of atonement, of our need for individual redemption and of our ...
This is a believably told story, and distressingly so because in it bad things happen to everyday people. We can't all be on our guard all the time, but you walk out of the theater having been reminded that every moment when you're not doing what you should-- and you may not even know what you should-- the consequences may be dismal and permanent unless you're continuously lucky. The movie particularly shows us grievances between parents and children, embedded in the stories of three different families with a single character at the center who figures in the plot as a casualty at the outset-- much as in another recent Israeli movie, The Human Resources Manager. Unlike the Human Resources Manager, though, Dusk is clever without being humorous. You're less likely to smile in recognition of the characters and their plights than to cringe in recognition, and that is of course due also to the quality of the acting. The actors encourage us to hope that things will somehow work out for these ill-starred people, and in the end the characters mostly do, at least, wind up a little wiser.
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