"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, September 5, 2019

Do you enjoy over-the-top side-splitting comedies?

The Mossad, directed by Alon Gur Aryeh, is currently playing in movie theaters in Israel.  It is a comedy about undercover agents, spies and ridiculous bureaucrats. 

Although quite ridiculous most of the time, the film offers great humor and a fair amount of a critical view of so many sacred cows in Israeli life and government.  I don’t think I have laughed so hard in a really long time!

The story is about a bunch of criminals who are about to destroy all the cellphones in the world by the flick of a switch, and our Mossad hero, working together with a CIA female agent, is meant to save the world. 

There are tons of nods at other films and comedy routines, both Israeli and international — James Bond, The Gashash Trio, Bruce Willis saving the world together with a gorgeous female, similarities to Walk on Water, and so many more. 

Even though the story was quite over-the-top, the gags poked fun at just about everything, and the pacing was terrific.  My friends and I laughed the entire time!   

The Mossad is a spoof, providing lots of fun. Check out the trailer (with English subtitles).

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