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Desperado Square (2001)

Kikar Ha-Halomot (original title)
In ha-Argazim, a neighborhood that time forgot, the one-year anniversary of Morris Mandabon's death is approaching, and his youngest son, Nissim has had a dream in which his father orders ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Shiloach ...
Yisrael 'the Indian'
Yona Elian ...
Seniora Mandabon
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Avram Mandabon (as Mohammed Bakri)
Uri Gavriel ...
Aron 'Gabardine'
Nir Levy ...
Nissim Mandabon
Sharon Raginiano ...
George Mandabon
Uri Klauzner ...
'Jellyfish' David (as Uri Ran-Klausner)
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Gila the waitress
Tamara Dayan ...
Plump Sara
Yonatan Dani ...
Yonatan
Baruch Sasson ...
Baruch
Y.R. Morad ...
Morad
Shlomi Saranga ...
Yudakis the singer
Zvi Marco ...
Shlomo 'Pyramid'
Tzion Kedem ...
Moshe 'the dealer'
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In ha-Argazim, a neighborhood that time forgot, the one-year anniversary of Morris Mandabon's death is approaching, and his youngest son, Nissim has had a dream in which his father orders him to re-open the old neighborhood movie theater, thus breaking the vow that Morris had made years before never to screen movies again. Nissim and his brother George, together with Aharon Gabardine, who was the projectionist back in the old days, are determined to fulfill Morris' request. The same day Nissim has his dream, Avram Mandabon, Morris' brother, returns for his brother's memorial after a 25-year absence. His reappearance causes old family feuds to resurface. Seniora Mandabon, late Morris' wife, won't even speak to Avram. Following the advice of Yisrael "the Indian", considered the neighborhood authority on films, the brothers decide to screen the Indian-made local hit from years before, "Sangam", to which Seniora objects ("Nobody cares to watch old Indian movies!") and tries to convince ... Written by YosefG

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How did Benny Torati learn of this film's Indian connection.
13 August 2007 | by (FIPRESCI,India/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

The Indian connection in Desperado Square should not astonish anybody at all as thousands of tourists from Israel visit India in search of spiritual enlightenment but unfortunately end up in a complex maze of trance parties in Goa where illicit drugs,prostitution and frantic orgies are the order of the day.However director Benny Torati has not dealt with this sordid theme.His film is somewhat an Israeli "Last picture show" as it shows a decrepit cinema hall fearing closure managed by two brothers and the only film that is shown is an Indian romantic film which dates from 1960.What is shown on the screen is a puerile tale of confusions in love and the same is also played in their lives.The film provides its share of laughter through an assorted cast of buffoons.There is ample sadness in this film as both the brothers are troubled by their love interest and no one seems to care for them.A double bill is assured for those viewers who want to watch two films for the price of one.Watch some maudlin material from an Indian film in a film from Israel.


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