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24 October 2002 (Israel) See more »
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'. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A film full of heart - touching performances all round. Kudo's to writer-director Nir Bergman for a poignant feature film. See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order)
Orly Silbersatz Banai ... Dafna Ulman

Maya Maron ... Maya Ulman

Daniel Magon ... 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
Dror Yakar ... Band Member
Eli Zulta ... Band member

Directed by
Nir Bergman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nir Bergman 

Produced by
Assaf Amir .... producer
Yoav Roeh .... executive producer
Original Music by
Avi Belleli 
Cinematography by
Valentin Belonogov 
Film Editing by
Einat Glaser-Zarhin 
Art Direction by
Ido Dolev 
Costume Design by
Ada Levin 
Makeup Department
Vered Hochman .... makeup artist
Art Department
Avihai Beri .... set dresser
Sound Department
Israel David .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lis .... sound
Special Effects by
Pini Klavir .... special effects
Alex Osmolovsky .... stunt performer
Dima Osmolovsky .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Oren Arad .... focus puller
Igal Arobas .... grip
Sharon Bareket .... still photographer
Leonid Basin .... assistant camera
Adi Borkin .... electrician
Benjamin Chiram .... additional photographer (as Nimrod Chiram)
Ilan Katz .... electrician
Joseph Lachmish .... grip
Amnon Nachumovski .... camera loader
Guy Ne'eman .... key grip
Udi Rimer .... gaffer
Choresh Wald .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Judit Szép .... color timer

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Also Known As:
"Knafayim Shvurot" - Israel (original title)
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Rated R for some language, brief nudity and drug use
87 min | Switzerland:84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A film full of heart - touching performances all round. Kudo's to writer-director Nir Bergman for a poignant feature film., 20 May 2004
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

I fell in love with the trailer every time I heard the singing, and smiled at the video recording segment where Dafna was told not to say she's 43 with 4 kids but say 39, and ended up saying she has 39 kids. I was most eager when I finally get to see "Broken Wings." It was a filmic experience full of human, family emotions - those ever anguish-ridden teen growing pains (conflicts and raptures) - I was quite pleased, tear-jerker and all.

Broken Wings, aka K'Nafayim Shvurot (2002), a film from Israel in Hebrew with subtitles, is the debut feature of writer-director Nir Bergman. It may seem like yet another movie about teens, mother and kids in a struggling household - somehow there's a different tone and humanity level that's most warm and welcoming in feeling. Good story, thoughtful plot with trying crisis, and heartfelt performances all round. And the music - especially the song Maya sings, the lyrics and the guitar rhythm I really felt akin to.

It's a close-knit family - it shows: the dialog between mother and daughter, the interactions among teen sister and brother, elder brother and youngest sister, brother to brother, mother to sons - there's a lot going on and not without sprinkles of humor (and playfulness) injected in between. It's a poignant script Bergman delivered. And what a cast - each of the family members was portrayed with such nuance. Orli Zilverschatz-Banay is Dafna the mother, a central tour de force. Equally matched is the strong performance by Maya Maron as the daughter, whose sadness and bottled-up self-blame became a huge chip on her shoulder - struggling with her musical talent (composing and singing) and trying to be vulnerably strong ('I can take care of myself' persona) as a responsible daughter/sister/student/band member - life without Dad is so tough, or is it? Mother doesn't care, doesn't have time to love me, is it so? Ido, the younger son, reminds me of Edward Yang's "Yi Yi" - also a young boy on his own while the grown-ups and siblings exist in a different world. Daniel Magon plays Ido and Eliana Magon as the little sister Bahr - the pair had a street crossing scene with just as much tension felt watching their performances together. Nitai Gvirtz portrayed teen brother Yair, who's a character unto himself. Vladimir Friedman is Dr. Valentin, in the tension relieving role of Dafna's colleague, provided breather and smiles to the audience as well as the strung-out working mother of four.

Nir Bergman took the time to show us the different character developments - not shying away from confronting situations or gutsy parental-teenage tensions. "Broken Wings" depicts how a family unit copes with grief and how crisis unites, coming through with strength and renewed understanding. It's a worthy family drama. We're fortunate to have effective subtitles by Suzy de Lowe. Bravo to Sony Pictures Classics for the steady support in distributing gems of small independent foreign films.

An observation: the cause of death was given in a low key manner - nothing political about it as it seems to be a possible natural happening. Hence the central energy is more focused on the mother and daughter relationship - such wisdom in plot progression choices. If you're interested in a film that has a bit more political tone, try the Palestinian film by writer-director Elia Suleiman, "Divine Intervention" (2002) aka Yadon Ilaheyya, in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles - it's quietly political, pathos with poetic tenderness.

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