"World Cinema: Israel"

My book, "World Cinema: Israel" (originally published in 1996) is available from Amazon on "Kindle", with an in-depth chapter comparing and analyzing internationally acclaimed Israeli films up to 2010.

Want to see some of the best films of recent years? Just scroll down to "best films" to find listings of my recommendations.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Peter the Third

When was the last time you saw a feature film that didn't include vulgarity, crime or murder?  Or an Israeli film that's not about the Holocaust or the "situation"?

Here is something that might surprise you -- Peter the Third, directed by Tommy Lang, is a gem of a comedy about inter-generational friendship and family rapprochement.   

Peter is a retired actor at Habima, and spends his days with his quirky friends at a coffee shop where Alona is their waitress.  Peter is more than 30 years Alona's senior, but that doesn't stop them from becoming friends -- and from teaming up to help each other with issues in their lives.  Alona, a head-strong young woman,  is currently without a place to live, so Peter invites her to stay with him.  In order to help Peter obtain his pension, together they start a political party which will create a vacation resort for widows and widowers.  A fair number of amusing scenes ensue and their eccentric friends in the coffee shop, a group called the "parliament", create a humorous backdrop throughout.  A feel good and funny film.  

Peter the Third (81 minutes) is available from Ruth Diskin Films.

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