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Film Review: ‘Afterthought’

8 June 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the ultra-low-key absurdist comedy “Afterthought,” two troubled men meet in the middle of Haifa’s long, steep stone stairs running from the top of Mount Carmel down to the port, as one ascends and the other descends. Tyro Israeli helmer-writer Elad Keidan, winner of Cannes’ Cinefondation with the short “Anthem” in 2008, here riffs on the human-terrarium style of that earlier work, incorporating distancing long shots, a slow pace, annoying repetition and protagonists who just amble along; the result is more, er, pedestrian and attenuated than cinematic. Still, Jewish fests should step up, and Israeli broadcast play is guaranteed.

At first glance, pudgy, middle-aged Moshe (Uri Klauzner) appears to be a kindly dreamer destined to be one of life’s losers. Even his musician wife, Na’va (Michaela Eshet), treats him like a schlub. When he sees that she is missing one of her earrings from a pair that he gave her for their wedding, »

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