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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Blush’

4 July 2016 12:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Blush” is perhaps not the most apposite English-language title for writer-director Michal Vinik’s fresh, frank look at coming out and coming of age in contemporary Israel: It’s a film that shows little shyness in tackling a variety of sexual, political and domestic tensions. Originally titled “Barash” (the last name of the troubled family on which it centers), the film was perhaps renamed to rightly shift focus to its compelling female protagonist Naama — a 17-year-old social outlier getting to grips with her homosexuality as she rails against her conservative, anti-Palestinian parents. Played with verve and vulnerability by Sivan Noam Shimon, she’s a character vivid enough to keep the film spiky even it covers some universally well-tilled terrain. Already warmly received on the festival circuit, “Blush” should play across multiple platforms to hip, Lgbt-led audiences when distributor Film Movement releases it Stateside.

“Let her live her life!” Naama roars »

- Guy Lodge

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