Release Date: June 1st (NYC-Makor), June 3rd (NYC-Cinema Village), by Kino International.
The Cast: Dana Igvi, Ronit Elkabetz .
In Hebrew with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: A teenager follows in the shadow of her mother's life of prostitution.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Both the teenager (Igvi) and her mother (Elkabetz) are characters who do very shocking things--especially to pay the rent. What really make this film truly work though are the remarkable performances by Igvi and Elkabetz. They give their roles everything they have and are surprisingly likeable. Fortunately, except for one or two scenes, the movie never becomes pornographic or disgusting. The plot is just a platform for two very complex characters who go through a lot emotionally.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: It is very interesting to watch the daughter gradually follow in her mother's footsteps. Equally, this metamorphosis is heartbreaking and sad. These are people on the fringe of society but who still share one common thread with everyone else: they just want to make a living. They way they choose to make a living is difficult for many people to accept, but the performances are so convincing that these characters become real. The film feels like a documentary that beckons you to watch the tragic lives of two very emotional people.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
THE BOTTOM LINE: An emotional, honest, raw and heartbreaking film with two remarkable performances that breath life and even hope into the tragic lives of two related characters.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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