In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »
Daphne's life is peaceful. She has solid marriage with a successful lawyer, two charming children and a nice local bookshop. Recently her father passed away and left her a good deal of ... See full summary »
Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.
Abdallah El Akal,
Mossad agent Naomi is called back from sick leave and assigned to a "babysitting" job. Under a new identity, she heads to Germany to protect Mona a beautiful Lebanese informant, whom ... See full summary »
Love Letters to Cinema is a collection of ten "letters" in the form of short films (4 minutes each), written and directed by ten outstanding Israeli directors. The films and the directors ... See full summary »
An Israeli soldier is taken hostage by a small PLO squad in lebanon. The soldier planned to go on vacation and to fly to the world final soccer cup (mondial), he and his capturers share the... See full summary »
Playoff tells the story of legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein. He became a national hero, when he made Maccabi Tel Aviv into European Champions in the late Seventies, one of ... See full summary »
Like THE COMMITMENTS but without the, well, commitment
In THE COMMITMENTS, which stands as the gold standard for fictional band movies, the guys are setting up the band to win respect not just for themselves but for their country. At the film's climax, their efforts are weighed in the balance as an important music figure is due to come see and judge them. In VOLCANO JUNCTION, the band members are less deeply committed and the important audition comes at the beginning of the film rather than at the end. Each member of the band has his own problems, but there is no impending and overarching challenge that they face as a group other than merely staying together. The format of the band movie brings with it vulnerability to a common weakness of Israeli cinema, the attempt to focus on a circle of friends rather than on a single protagonist. It's harder for the audience to handle, and it's harder to do well because quantity of characterizations militates against quality. Personally I found it a little difficult to remember who's who. But the movie's real Achilles heel is that the original music the characters are enthusiastic about is not impressive enough to convey sympathetic enthusiasm in the audience and the singer who is remarkably gifted according to the story-- enough to make any audience, and even a pro from the big city, sit up and take notice-- brings nothing special to the screen. As far as I can recall, no songs originating in the movie became popular on the radio. Eran Riklis has gone on to direct better movies, but interestingly his most recent release, about a basketball coach, was criticized because, just as the music in this film isn't as outstanding as the plot demands, his supposedly big-league players in his basketball movie did not play like big-leaguers.
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