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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

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

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Broken Wings  »

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

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Knafa'im Shvurot
("Broken Wings")
Written and Performed by Avi Belleli
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An exception to a depressing rule
5 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There seems to be a whole genre of films recently ,the theme of which is young people's daunting search for purpose in life in a world where external sources of values are no longer accepted. I am thinking of "Garden State," "I Heart Huckabees," "Closer " etc. The consensus, so to speak, if these movies are to be taken as a mirror of reality, is that there is no purpose to be found, and the only grounds for relating to other human beings at all is sexual attraction, or its concomitant sexual competition. In fact, I watched this film and "Thirteen" together, and found them strangely parallel. I mention all this because Knafayim Shvurot is different from all the others in a small but fundamental respect: here the characters have not quite given up the search. Perhaps this reflects a difference between Israeli culture which, jaded though it is, is indisputably younger, and American culture which seems to be declining into both hedonism and vicious religiosity. I didn't realize it while I was watching, but was somehow not surprised to notice afterward that the "family" of characters is played by a real-life family. I couldn't help wondering how the experience affected them...


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