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Release Date:
24 October 2002 (Israel) See more »
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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'. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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15 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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
 
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Judit Szép .... color timer
 

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Also Known As:
"Knafayim Shvurot" - Israel (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some language, brief nudity and drug use
Runtime:
87 min | Switzerland:84 min
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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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Featured in Noodle (2007)See more »
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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
moving family drama, 10 January 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

"Broken Wings" is a poignant, slice-of-life drama about an Israeli family's coming to terms with the death of their father nine months earlier. The widow, Dafna, is a 43 year-old mother of four who works endless hours as a midwife at the local hospital, both to earn money to support her family as well as to avoid having to face the reality of the tragic loss she has suffered. For while she is a loving, devoted mother, she seems unable to provide the guidance and solace her children need in this time of incomprehensible grief and suffering. Thus, the children are left to cope more or less on their own as best they can - and this on top of all the problems young people face just doing the ordinary, day-to-day business of growing up. Her oldest son, Yair, has responded to his father's death by dropping out of high school and adopting a fatalistic philosophy, declaring that life is nothing more than a series of random events that mean nothing against the backdrop of an immensely vast, impersonal universe. The oldest daughter, 17 year-old Maya, has hopes of becoming a successful rock musician, but finds herself having to carry the burden of raising the two younger children while their absent mother spends most of her waking hours at work. The two youngsters, Ido and Bahr, cope with the loss of their father and the inadvertent neglect from their overworked mother in various and heartbreaking ways. The narrative is paced in such as way that we learn about the life of this family only through bits and pieces of carefully revealed information, with each scene exposing more and more about the people and their situation until ultimately a full picture emerges. In fact, it is a good half hour at least before we even know that the father is dead.

The movie takes a very low-keyed approach to its subject matter, showing, in an understated fashion, the devastating effect the death of a parent can have on a family unit. The film is filled with lovely little moments of humor, warmth and insight that draw us deeply into the drama. We see how each of the various characters responds to the situation and to each other, watching as the feelings of guilt, resentment and recrimination bubble to the surface. As a second crisis hits the family, a whole host of long-dormant feelings and emotions finally break out in open conflict. Yet, as with a wound that needs to be cauterized before it can heal, this second trauma proves to be the rupture the family needs to begin its process of recovery. The amazing thing is that writer/director Nir Bergman is able to do all this in an economical 82-minute running time. Yet, even with that limited length, the filmmaker captures the texture of the family members' daily lives through an impressive array of sharply drawn subsidiary characters who play an integral part in the central drama.

Bergman has also been blessed with first-rate actors in the primary roles. Orly Silbersatz Banai as Dafna, Maya Maron as Maya, and Nitai Gaviratz as Yair deliver, beautifully realistic, heartfelt performances. The other cast members are all excellent as well.

"Broken Wings" is a small, overlooked gem that gets to the heart of what it means to be a family. It would be a shame for anyone to miss it.

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