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11 January 2007
Probably Shlomo Bar-Aba's most fascinating roles, this is the story of
Eldad Nathan, a teacher in Jerusalem, who decides to leave Israel but
changes his mind just before getting on the plane. He arrives disguised
at a cheap hotel in Tel Aviv where he meets Judy, the receptionist, who
decides he's an Israeli who was living in the USA but has returned
home. They begin a relationship and he promises her that he will marry
her fictitiously so she can get a 'green card'. In another disguise, he
is picked up one morning by a truck that takes Arab workers from the
territories and he naturally mixes among them as a deaf-mute to not
give himself away. A private investigator hired by his wife looks for
him, Judy and the hotel's Arab room cleaner are puzzled by his daily
disappearances and his Palestinian friends invite him to their homes in
their refugee camp.
Bar-Aba goes from strength to strength here, using his excellent skills
to blend in to each situation he's in. The metaphor of a fictional
marriage is used intelligently throughout the film - his real marriage
is hardly ideal, the marriage he offers to Judy is totally unreal, his
relationships with the Arab workers is based in a lie, and basically,
he is married to a life filled with disguise, that eventually must all
come to a head.
A very worthwhile movie.
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