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Ben Zaken (2014)

A single father who shares an apartment with his mother, older brother, and daughter. His challenge is to let go of his daughter in order to protect her from the same destiny.

Director:

Efrat Corem

Writer:

Efrat Corem
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eliraz Sade Eliraz Sade ... Shlomi Ben Zaken
Rom Shoshan Rom Shoshan ... Ruhi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ronen Amar Ronen Amar ... Leon (as Mekikas Ronen Amar)
Chani Elimelech Chani Elimelech ... Dina (as Chani Elemlch)
Robby Elmaliah Robby Elmaliah ... Yair
Bat-Elle Mashian ... Riki (as Batel Mashian)
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A single father who shares an apartment with his mother, older brother, and daughter. His challenge is to let go of his daughter in order to protect her from the same destiny.

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Drama

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A good production, but bleak
5 April 2018 | by NozzSee all my reviews

Eliraz Sade (sa-DEH) was best known for reality TV at the time, and here he chose a job of acting that could get him taken seriously and maybe even win him high standing in the acting profession. A role without a fun side, the role of a failed man who is the weakest link in a miserable family. The problem, apparently, is that the movie doesn't have a fun side either and despite good responses from critics and at festivals, it didn't attract big crowds. It moves very slowly, it is beautifully photographed but with beige and grey predominating, and the characters have all had their major bad luck and made their major mistakes before the movie even begins. There are some plot threads I couldn't quite follow, about the dissolution of a curse and about a woman in love with the protagonist's brother, but mostly the movie focuses on his woebegone daughter. She's vivid and believable, as are all the characters. Watch for the use of water as a recurring symbol in the movie. It's well worth watching if you don't mind the bleakness.


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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

26 February 2015 (Israel) See more »

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