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Gift from Above (2003)
"Matana MiShamayim" (original title)

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A film about women and diamonds which determine the fate of the men who desire them. A group of airport porters are planning on stealing 2 sacks of rough diamonds. The diamonds arrive on ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yuval Segal ...
Vaja
Rami Heuberger ...
Bakho
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Giorgi
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Ottari
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Marina - Fira's daughter
Orit Cher ...
Tziala
Ronit Eitan ...
Vera
Becky Griffin ...
Keto
Anali Harpaz ...
Nanuli
Dover Koshashvili ...
Jemali
Anastasia Kovelenko ...
Fira, the heart surgeon
Mickey Leon
Irit Nathan Benedek ...
Lamara
Alon Neuman ...
Razo
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A film about women and diamonds which determine the fate of the men who desire them. A group of airport porters are planning on stealing 2 sacks of rough diamonds. The diamonds arrive on schedule on commercial flights to the airport. Being that the porters are the first to come in contact with the sacks from the moment they land in the airport, it goes without saying that they will be the first to be interrogated by the police. In order to escape the clutches of the police Bacho, the ring leader, must choose from among the porters two suckers who won't have a choice but to take the wrap and do time in jail. The gang of airport porters reside in a neighborhood adjacent to the airport. The film will take us to their neighborhood in search of these two porters. There in the midst of the love affairs, jealousies, sex and betrayals, Bacho takes advantage of the weaknesses of 2 porters: Punchika - the compulsive gambler, and Otary (Bacho's brother-in-law) - a wife beater, and forces them to... Written by lament

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Extreme, funny and quite bizarre for western values. Kosashvili is the local Kusturica.
17 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

A colorful extreme display of the Israeli director. Matana MiShamayim (gift from heaven) is quite different from Kosashvili's "Late Marriage". The primitive traditional family values (Georgian in this case) are brought here some steps beyond to present a comic macabre reality. Women, for example, are portrayed in the film as objects to be used in the patriarchal chauvinistic society they live in. They are kidnapped, threatened, locked in a closet and often molested in order to channel shame on their husbands (countless knickers are pulled down revealing genitalia in public). On the other hand, they are always the center of attention, encompassing every aspect of desire men have, thus they can control and manipulated men, but only to a certain extent - the head of the family (played by the amazing actor Mony Moshonov). Actors are doing a great job under Kosashvili's direction, and one can find similarities between him and Kusturica. The weakest part of the film is in the script, which fluctuates from brilliance to embarrassment. The bottom line, I warmly recommend.


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