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I Love You Rosa (1972)

Ani Ohev Otach Rosa (original title)
This story centers on the Jewish practice that requires an unmarried brother to marry the childless widow of his dead brother. In this story the younger brother is only 12 years old when ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Michal Bat-Adam ...
Rosa
Gabi Otterman ...
young Nissim
Joseph Shiloach ...
Eli
Levana Finkelstein ...
Jamila
Avner Hizkiyahu ...
Rabbi
Moshe Tal ...
adult Nissim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zivi Avramson ...
Esther
Naomi Bachar ...
Luna
Yehuda Efroni ...
Don Yitzhak
Esther Grotes ...
Alegra
Gunther Hirschberg ...
narrator
Elisheva Michaeli ...
Regina
Aliza Rosen ...
Rabbi's wife
Sharit Yishai ...
Fortuna
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This story centers on the Jewish practice that requires an unmarried brother to marry the childless widow of his dead brother. In this story the younger brother is only 12 years old when his brother dies. The requirement is avoided by a legal fiction, but as time passes in the story, the situation changes. Written by Dan Sternberg <steberg@erols.com>

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The unanimous hit of the 1972 Cannes Film Festival - An Israeli love story you will never forget.

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Gabi Otterman was born in New Jersey and grew up in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area with English as his first language, but for reasons unknown was not asked to dub his own voice in the English-dubbed version. See more »

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Featured in The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014) See more »

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Rosa
Lyrics by Haim Hefer
Music by Dov Seltzer
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True Israeli Classic
19 August 2000 | by (Bastrop, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film is one of the best written stories of the young Israeli film industry. Well acted, and a beautiful period piece showing life in Jerusalem in the 19th century. This was the last film that Menachem Golan and Yoram Globus produced in Israel before moving to Hollywood to found Cannon Films. On the strength of this movie they got backing for their new company. Michal Bat Adam is stunning as Rosa, a young widow caught in the web of ancient religious edicts. Great story! There IS a sub-titled version available, besides the dubbed version. I got my Hebrew version from Sifrutake in Brooklyn, NY


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