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||IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 from PG votes
||Release: 01 Oct 1973 /
||Director: Moshé Mizrahi,
||Synopsis: A fatherless family immigrates to Israel from Egypt during the British Mandate period. The film traces the hardships the family suffers in the politically unstable country.
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The above headline could be a reference to a great deal of movies: The
Godfather, Grease and pulp fiction (that all signs indicate it occurs in
late 70's). This movie is not by any means the indulgent romanticist movie
(movies that deal with gory wars rarely are) but to some more than others,
this movie is a reminder to an era that is forgotten in the abyss of
Before I go into detail about the film, I'd like to elaborate on the
of time that directly inspires and evolves the story. The year is 1947,
U.N decides to establish one Jewish state and an Arab one in the British
ruled territory named "Palestine" that is roughly the size of New-Jersey
(the state, of course).
At that time, there are approximately 500,000 Jews in Palestine, large
of whom, reside in Tel Aviv. Among the endless ethnic communities
the young metropolis, there are Jews from Egypt. I myself am a descendant
an Egyptian family and I'm noting that because I am aware of the fact that
what seemed familiar and authentic to me, might seem enigmatic to
The plot of the film centers around a 15 year old kid named Sammy, the
eldest of a four children family, ran by the stern yet sensitive widowed
mother (Gila Almagor in a very credible and moving performance. Sammy is
well read but his academic aspirations have to be set on hold as he shares
the burden of co-provider of his family.
The puberty of Sammy occurs in the time of turmoil for the Jewish
inhabitants of soon-to-be-Israel. The time where Mutiny movements such as
Etzel and Hagganah are at their peak of activity against the British rule
and Sammy is torn between his obligation to support his family and his
to fight the war against the Arab neighboring countries which launched an
attack a day after the U.N. resolution.
To make matters worse, Sammy gets involved romantically with a 25 year old
librarian of russian descent (Michal Bat Adam), an affair that for all
of reasons, Is frowned upon by his family and companions.
The movie is low on plot development or pacing but it's compensated by a
wonderful cast (strangely enough, the leading role is one of the least
impressive performances of the film) that encapsulate the Jewish-Egyptian
state of mind.
By "state of mind", I refer to the community with the openness of the Arab
culture combined with the civil ways of Alexandria (which inhabited most,
not all of the Jewish people in Egypt). Alexandria is a European city that
happens to be located in Egypt a great deal of this community's grace is
attributed to that fact.
As you can tell, the movie touched me in a way that disables me from being
completely objective about it. However, the fact that the movie received
Oscar nomination for best foreign film and the fact that this movie is
considered to be one of the best 10 Israeli films ever made (A statement
which I disagree) may indicate that the movie speaks to people of
ethic backgrounds and eras.
7.5 out of 10 in my FilmOmeter.
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