"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.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Crazy Comedy

All In, directed by Yonatan Bar-Ilan, is a low-brow comedy/road movie about four friends from junior high school days.  Now, almost 20 years later, they enter a poker game against their biggest rival, in order to seek revenge for a major humiliation. 
On the way to the secret venue of the poker game, our four heroes set out on a road trip in memory of the grandfather of one of them who just died recently.  Along the way, they meet all kinds of quirky characters, some of whom help them in strange ways.  The story includes good music, a fair amount of vulgarity, hilarious craziness, bumbling cops and obviously some sex and drugs.

Both ridiculous and hilarious, the film offers almost no serious elements whatsoever. Without offering a spoiler, I want to say that the ending of the film redeems it completely!

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