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Ish HaHashmal (2003)

Cohen takes an elliptical approach in telling the story of Pinchas Rutenberg, a visionary, complex, and larger-than-life figure, who, amongst other things, brought electricity to Jewish ... See full summary »

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Pinhas Rutenberg
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Becki
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Leonard
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Avraham Rutenberg
Natasha Vitlovitz ...
Lana
Erez Shafrir ...
Savriski
Leonid Kanevskiy ...
Zemech
Igor Markorovnov ...
Damizov
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Hilel
Udi Ben David ...
Ben David
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Volodia
Roman Brilevski ...
Naffon
Patrick Domer ...
Damond
Alec Bargonez ...
Hotel Manager
Dan Manor ...
Ilia
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Cohen takes an elliptical approach in telling the story of Pinchas Rutenberg, a visionary, complex, and larger-than-life figure, who, amongst other things, brought electricity to Jewish Palestine in the early 20th century by building a hydroelectric power station in Nahararyim. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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2 January 2003 (Israel)  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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Better than expected
18 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those films that takes you by surprise. You realize 20 minutes into the film, you're actually enjoying it. From the summary, one wouldn't think that this is a very interesting film. But in the hands of a great director and great cast, this uninteresting topic, becomes interesting.

Most of the movies with the big budgets basically lack a developed story/plot. When you have a film with a small budget, the story/plot becomes pivotal. And that's where this film gets it right. Don't expect to be overwhelmed with high intensity and heavy drama, just expect a well paced story. There were a few light moments and a few tense moments that were both enjoyable and unexpected.

The primary cast: Menashe Noy, Ayelet Zurer and Lior Ashkenazi were all very good.


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