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Desperado Square (2001)
"Kikar Ha-Halomot" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  10 May 2001 (Israel)
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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 ... 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)
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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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movie enchanted by its characters
1 October 2002 | by (jerusalem, israel) – See all my reviews

I assume that there's a very slim chance that you saw or even heard of "Sangam". An Indian film about two good friends falling in love with the same girl, and one of them decides to forsake his love for the sake of friendship, an unrewarded act since his friend is not aware that they BOTH love her. the Indian (read: tragic) part of the story is that the girl is in love with the ultra-altruistic friend and know that his feelings to her are mutual.

The reason i gave a summary of a film i'm not even commenting on, is that the plot of the movie has certain similarities to Desperado square.I do not care to detail, or i'll be blacklisted.

What I can tell you about this film is that it tells the tale of a neighborhood outside Tel-Aviv that rises to life when the old theater, closed for three decades by it's now deceased owner, is to be opened by his son after he had an epiphany. The movie chosen for the screening is, well, if you haven't guessed it by now than you're hopeless.

the upcoming screening stirs conflicting emotions, by those who adore the film and by those who feel that the movie touches one nerve too many. Especially the widowed wife of the owner who knows full well, why the theater was closed (hint: not the recession).

this movie (desperado square, enough about Sangam) revolves more around the colorful people than it is on the plot, which makes it slightly slow-paced at times but leaves the audience with a non-violent catharsis or, in layman's terms: a "feel good" movie.

the only reservation I have is the slight over load of ethnic music. the indian movie (like most bollywood features) is filled with singing and dancing segments (it's a long film too, close to 4 hours) but in an Israeli film, these segments (which are not frequent in the film, it's definitely not a musical)are more a liability than an asset.

Other than that, this is a very good feature, and i do recommend it, not only to "film-buffs".

8 out of 10 in my FilmOmeter


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