Broken Wings (2002)
"Knafayim Shvurot" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 October 2002 (Israel)
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Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Orly Silbersatz Banai ...
Dafna Ulman
Maya Ulman
Ido Ulman
Nitai Gvirtz ...
Yair Ulman
Eliana Magon ...
Bahr Ulman
Vladimir Friedman ...
Dr. Valentin Goldman
Dana Ivgy ...
Yarden Bar-Kochba ...
Flora, School Counselor
Danny Niv ...
Yoram (as Danny "mooki" Niv)
Orit Boger ...
Nimrod Cohen ...
Eitan Green ...
The Father
Martin Umanski ...
Video Photographer
Shira Vilensky ...
(as Shira Vilenski)
Lobo Wizner ...
Band member


The unexpected death of the family patriarch throws every member of the Ulman clan off course. Widow Dafna takes to bed for three months and when she finally returns to her job at the maternity hospital, she has little time for her children. Eldest son, Yair drops out of school and adopts a fatalist attitude, shutting out his siblings and girlfriend. His twin sister Maya, a talented musician, feels the most guilt and is forced to act as a family caregiver at the expense of career opportunities. Bullied at school, younger son Ido responds by obsessively filming himself with a video camera and attempting dangerous feats. The baby sister, Bar, is woefully neglected. Preoccupied with their own misery, the family is barely a family anymore. When another tragedy strikes, will they be able to support one another? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for some language, brief nudity and drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 October 2002 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Broken Wings  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$24,862 (USA) (12 March 2004)


$405,858 (USA) (2 July 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Ido and Bahr are played by real-life brother and sister Daniel and Eliana Magon. See more »


References La Femme Nikita (1990) See more »


Knafa'im Shvurot
("Broken Wings")
Written and Performed by Avi Belleli
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A Beautiful Unpretentious Film
20 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

More and more these days I come out of a film feeling cheated. I find that especially true of American films where technically everything is wonderful and yet there is an emotional laziness that makes me feel unfulfilled. The writer needed to write three more drafts and the director should have gone the extra mile with the actors but instead chose to focus on lens choices and fast slick cuts. Broken Wings is the antithesis of this phenomena. A wonderfully unpretentious, deeply personal and beautifully written piece that leaves you with the feeling that perhaps your life isn't so bad after all. The film follows the life of a mother and her four children desperately trying to cope with the emotional and financial aftermath of their father's death. The brilliance of the writing in my opinion lies in the ability of writer/director Nir Bergman to convey the devastating fatigue and hopelessness of poverty with a wonderful wit and humor. The camera serves the plot rather than the ego of the camera man. The entire cast delivers a remarkable performance that is understated and personal. Eliana Magon who plays the little girl, looks like she is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. Run to see this movie.

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