A remedial student struggles with his matriculation exams, Add, anger management issues and the expectations of his working-class father, even as his literature teacher opens his narrow worldview to other possibilities, in gripping, realist drama “Scaffolding
.” Like his TV drama “Unseen” (2016), Israeli writer-director Matan Yair
’s feature debut draws on his experience as a high school history and literature teacher for pupils rejected from normal academic classrooms. Quite unlike anything else in current Israeli cinema, the film focuses on Israel’s underclass — kids from blue collar, Sephardic families, beset with behavioral and attitude problems who should count themselves lucky if they can join a family business. Additional fest action should segue into niche arthouse play.
Belligerent and inappropriate, Asher (Asher Lax
) has trouble reading as well as with his ability to control his impulses. His tough, shrewd father Milo (Yaacov Cohen
, excellent) already has him working in the family scaffolding business, understanding