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

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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

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

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, brief nudity and drug use | See all certifications »
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24 October 2002 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Knafayim Shvurot  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Connections

Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sratim Metzuyarim
("Cartoons")
Lyrics by Nir Bergman
Music by Johnny Shuali
Performed by Maya Maron
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Emotional roller coaster
4 July 2004 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

One of the best Israeli films ever. Israel had good actors, and good drama but never before have I seen such a well developed script. I guess the secret belongs to the fact that the movie started as a short film when Nir Bergman studied cinema, and then he developed it to a full length movie. Moreover, this movie is one of the representatives of the new Israeli movie age, after understanding Israel cannot produce big budget American style movies, and started producing small touching movies.

The story in a nutshell is about a single mom with four kids, trying to overcome the loss of their father. The movie time quota is within one week, so everything happens very fast, and sometimes it feels like someone is hitting you with a hammer in the stomach. other times it feels like someone is squeezing you for tears. Generally speaking the movie sure is an emotional roller coaster.

The movie follows the story of the rebellious daughter who is torn between her will to be a singer and her family duties because her mom is working night shifts as a nurse. It also follows the enigmatic closed son who had to be the strong man of the family because of the death of the father, and the effect the death had on his personality, emotions, and his functioning in school. Last but not least is the small child who has some kind of an accident during the film, which makes everything move even faster and more emotional.

The actors (especially Maya Meron, but that's because I'm a fool for her) are doing a great acting job and are very moving and realistic.

All in all, this is a great movie, highly recommended.


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