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Himmo Melech Yerushalaim (1987)

| Drama | 1987 (Israel)
Adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's best-selling novel, this heart-rending love story unfolds during the siege of Jerusalem in 1948. A young and beautiful volunteer nurse is drawn to the enigmatic ... See full summary »

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Amiram Gabriel ...
Frangi
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Shai Kapon ...
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Marco
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Assa
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Sivan Shavit ...
Ivria
Ofer Shikartsi
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Adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's best-selling novel, this heart-rending love story unfolds during the siege of Jerusalem in 1948. A young and beautiful volunteer nurse is drawn to the enigmatic Himmo, a mortally wounded and mutilated soldier who cannot speak or move. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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intriguing but elusive wartime drama
27 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During the 1948 siege of Jerusalem a young nurse arrives at an understaffed, makeshift hospital in an old Christian monastery; among the invalid soldiers is a once popular ladies man now fatally crippled by the loss of both legs, on arm, and most of his face. What follows is an intriguing Gothic allegory, played out against a dreamlike background of wounded bodies and minds. Much of the symbolism is elusive, but the film was directed with an artist's eye for deeper meanings, some of which aren't easily translated over the twin barriers of language and culture. And yet there's no denying the skill and talent behind the camera. The action is symbolic but never portentous, mysterious but never confusing, dark but never oppressive, and the pace never flags over its 86 swift minutes.


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