"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.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016


Moon in the 12th House, directed by Dorit Hakim, is a nice story about two sisters in contemporary Israel.  We see in the opening shot that, years ago, they experienced a family trauma, and as a result, Mira, the older sister, left home.  Leni was left behind, living in their rural childhood home with their father, who, now years later, can no longer care for himself. 

Now, Mira works at a club in Tel Aviv and is in an abusive relationship with the club owner.  When she discovers that she is pregnant, and doesn’t want to have an abortion, she goes home to her sister.  It’s not easy for the two sisters to rebuild their relationship (although this is not handled with enough depth), to rekindle what they had as sisters, and to open up to each other. 

Meanwhile, Leni is having a fling with the 16-year-old boy next door on the moshav, and we see repeated scenes of her swimming, obviously a metaphor for her seeking freedom from the family commitments that bind her.   

This is a family story of reconciliation, as we discover what happened that tore apart the family years ago.   The title is a reference to Mira's interest in horoscopes.  I just wish the reconciliation had better tension and script development. 

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