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Life According to Agfa (1992)

Ha-Chayim Al-Pi Agfa (original title)
| Drama | 1992 (Israel)
The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname for a famous Israeli mental health institution. The pub's name hints at the ... See full summary »

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Daniela
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The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname for a famous Israeli mental health institution. The pub's name hints at the characters and the events which occur in the pub and which befall its owner (Daliah), the employees and customers. The plot unfolds with a streak of violence which takes a surprising turn. Written by Amir Handzel <hand@wisdom.weizmann.ac.il>

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Lyrics by Assi Dayan
Music by Naftali Alter
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Excellent Israeli comedy drama for the art-house crowd
12 January 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Well made Israeli drama with a subtle comic edge. Artistically shot in black-and-white, the story details the intertwining lives of those who frequent a small coffee-house/bar. An intimate vision of a microcosmos fraught with conflict, tension, romance, betrayal and madness, the characterizations are spot-on. Director Dayan (who is the son of eye-patch wearing Israeli army general Moshe Dayan) portrays this group of people and their situations convincingly, and the film is compelling throughout.

Strictly adult viewing though, as "Agfa" contains coarse language, drug use and graphic violence, including a police interrogation torture scene on par with the "Stuck In The Middle With You" sequence from Reservoir Dogs. A challenging yet thought-provoking watch nonetheless, this movie will optimally be appreciated by an Israeli audience (due to many cultural references and Hebrew expressions to which no amount of subtitles can do justice) or an open-minded art-house buff. It also boasts one of the most unlikely and devastating endings ever committed to film, and for that alone, it deserves your attention.


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