"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.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Shleikes (Yiddish for suspenders), in contemporary Israeli slang, refers to Tuesday movies which are subsidized by the government for senior citizens. 

Love in Suspenders (Ahava Beshleikes), directed by Yohanan Weller, has just been released in the movie theaters in Israel. It is a romantic comedy, starring Yehuda Barkan, Nitza Shaul and Shlomo Bar-Abba.

Tami is a widow in her 60s and Beno is a widower in his 70s.  She is optimistic, always smiling, and still talking to her husband who has been dead for a few years already.  Beno is tougher on the outside, but also still suffering from the loss of his wife.  Tami and her husband were successful singers so now she lives comfortably in a beautiful retirement home.  He, on the other hand, is finding it hard to pay the monthly rent.  Notwithstanding their differences in lifestyle and personality, and their interfering offspring and neighbors, they eventually fall in love. 

Although light fare, the film, produced by United King, is sentimental, often funny and quite touching! 

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