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As a family from India moves in to a desert neighborhood in Southern Israel in the 1960's, the family's eldest, beautiful daughter discovers friendship and romance with the lovely local French girl. The film also explores the hardships and surprises that come with the integration of multiple families from different ethnic backgrounds (from the diaspora) and their struggle with immigration and prejudice. Written by
This movie is full of characters and incidents, almost as if the
writers felt they might never have the chance to write again, but I
think that consistently it is about people trying to repair their
wounded pride. The two immigrant communities involved-- assigned
housing not in the center of Israel nor yet in Eilat (the road sign
says it's 170 kilometers to Eilat) but in a tiny desert town-- have
different native languages but they share a resentment at having come
down in the world from their pre-emigrant lives and seeing no way back.
The men resent their factory jobs and ultimately strike against their
employer. Some of the women resent their lack of opportunity and try to
prove their worth by taking lovers. The story is set in the 1960s and
includes occasional narration from the point of view of the present,
making it a sort of "Our Town" or "I Remember Mama" saluting the loved
ones of the past-- as if everything were different now, although in
today's society too the argument could still be made that geography is
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