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1997 (Israel) See more »
David is a garage electrician, who dreamt all of his life of becoming a magician, but had no luck in it... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Zvika Hadar ... David
Esti Zakheim ... Batya
Aryeh Moskona ... Shimon
Orli Perl ... Vickie
Natan Zahavi ... Sleidini
Pini Kidron ... Haim
Evelyn Kaplun ... Natasha (as Eveline Caplon)
Amit Lior ... Yair
Tsipor Aizen ... Reporter / Neighbor
Dean Lior ... Boaz
Tommy Shafrir ... Boy
Zevulun Mosheashvili ... Moshe Krabera
Itzik Twini ... Itzik
Anita Falili ... Dancer
Yossi Bernfeld ... Mr. Bravo
Estrika Nagid ... Flora
Avi Madar ... Morris
Eyal Rozales ... Man
Christine Mingo ... Toto Shop Owner
Shai Goldenberg ... Mahmuda
Avi Hazeav ... Camera Operator
Tatianna Plai ... Contortionist
Shai Appelberg ... Accordionist
Itay Yakobovich ... Michael Jackson
Dorit Goldenberg ... Lana
Vera Pilanski ... Tiki
Erez Zino ... Neighbor
Yum Mayan ... Kid
Omri Van-Hassen ... Kid
Elsar Borshtein ... Kid
Dori Izick ... Girl in Afula
Saur Mevorach ... Janitor
Ishai Meshulam ... Bulgarian
Moshe Forte ... Bulgarian
Nissim Greene ... Bulgarian
Itzhak Ben Ari ... Bulgarian
Efraim Milkis ... Bulgarian
Yakov Grishovitz ... Bulgarian
Refael Cohen ... Bulgarian
Israel Guttman ... Bulgarian
Dicko ... Magician (as Dicko the Magician)
Offer Malul ... Shopper at Kiosok
Eli Atar ... Kiosok Owner
Avraham Hershko ... Hairdresser
Benny Lev ... Hairdresser
Itzhak Affengir ... Shoemaker
Shoshana Malka ... Neighbor
Rachel Israeli ... Neighbor
Yakov Israeli ... Neighbor
Ilana Mann ... Childhood Friend (Ilana)
Slenge Ohana ... Ilana's Mother
Gabi Ohana ... Neighbor
Zohara Ohana ... Neighbor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Shles ... Woman in Market (uncredited)

Directed by
Julie Shles 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amit Lior  play
Amit Lior  screenplay

Produced by
Assaf Amir .... producer
Talia Goshen .... line producer
Original Music by
Yuval Shafrir 
Cinematography by
Itzik Portal 
Film Editing by
Maor Keshet 
Casting by
Levana Hakim 
Yotvat Palter 
Art Direction by
Eva Gronowitz 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yochanan Kredo .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Yohai Moshe .... sound
Prosper Saul .... boom operator
Gil Toren .... sound designer
Gil Toren .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Shai Goldenberg .... key grip
Shuki Paz .... electrician
Gali Reshef .... gaffer
Joseph Zicherman .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tzipi Anglisher .... costumes

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95 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Very nice, unconventional romance starts out great, but fizzles a bit in the end, 19 January 2001
Author: toclement

First let me say that the first 45 minutes of this movie are just wonderful. The development of the two main characters is joyful to watch, as their performances and the direction brings you deeply into their personas to where you almost feel like you've known them for years. You see almost from the opening scene their virtues, their faults, and you can understand completely why they are together, why they love one another, and why their relationship is in great danger.

The story is about a couple from a small Israeli town who are having trouble making it in Tel Aviv. Batya is becoming increasingly frustrated with David's futile attempts at realizing his dream of becoming a magician (he usually lazes around the apartment all day while she works all day at the local grocery shop). The poignancy with which the film shows a woman in love, but at the end of her rope is as real as anything you'll see on the subject.

The film takes a slight detour downward once Batya decides she has had enough not only of David, but of Tel Aviv. She packs her bags and heads back to Afula. The problem at this point is two-fold. First, the story stays in Tel Aviv, so we lose Batya, who up until this point was the central figure in the film. I would rather have followed her to Afula as I was so enthralled with her character. Second, somewhat miraculously (and not very credibly), David, with the assistance of his deadbeat friend Shimon, suddenly become overnight sensations in the magician world. This part of the plot takes what was previously a completely realistic (yet still fascinating) story into a sort of unspectacular fantasy. The ending also ties up a bit too neatly and bizarrely (especially regarding the involvement of some union thugs).

These criticisms aside, the film still manages to come off as a more than pleasant experience and definitely worth checking out. The direction is creative, yet never overstated and the performances are wonderful on all parts, even down to Batya's biker crush. Part I gets a 10, part II gets a 6. Overall score, 8 out of 10.

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