At the recent Jerusalem Film Festival, I had the chance to see the new Israeli feature film, Epilogue (Hebrew title: Hayuta and Berl) directed by Amir Manor. The film, which has been chosen to be screened at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, is about the disillusionment of the aging visionaries of the founding generation and about the hardships of growing old. Berl is an old Labor Party supporter and activist and he believes that the new society that they worked so hard to build has been hijacked by others. When Berel calls in to a radio talk show, the radio host tells him: "we have moved on" as if the old socialist values are no longer relevant.
The film provides a moving and intense look at an aging couple -- their hardships, physical ailments, disillusionments, humiliations and loneliness. Hayuta and Berl's son and his family live in New York, and their friends are dying.
The viewer gets to know both of these characters in an in-depth way, due both to the moving acting and the hard-hitting script.
Epilogue is available from Norma Production.