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Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003)
"Ha-Kochavim Shel Shlomi" (original title)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  3 April 2003 (Israel)
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The new math teacher and new school principal discover the 16-year-old underachiever failing classes is really a genius, and the kid's own family's too busy relying on him to mend family fences to notice his brilliance either.

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Shlomi Bar-Dayan
Arieh Elias ...
Grandfather Bar-Dayan (as Arie Elias)
Esti Zakheim ...
Ruhama Bar-Dayan (as Esti Zakhem)
Aya Steinovitz ...
Rona (as Aya Koren)
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Headmaster Avihu
Albert Iluz ...
Robert Bar-Dayan (as Albert Illouz)
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Doron Bar-Dayan (as Yonatan Rozen)
Rotem Abuhab ...
Ziva (as Rotem Abuhav)
Assi Cohen ...
Sasi
Rotem Zussman ...
Tehila (as Rotem Zisman)
Nisso Kaviha ...
Bagin Yaish (as Nisso Khavia)
Rita Shukrun ...
Miriam Eldad (as Rita Shukroon)
Nissim Dayan ...
Yehoshua Eldad
Hilla Sarjon ...
Teacher Tzvia (as Hilla Sorojon)
Gili Biton ...
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16 years old, Shlomi lives with his restless mother, his soldier brother and their ill grandfather. Although not doing well in school, Shlomi is a gifted cook and takes care of most household chores. One day, the school's principal finds out Shlomi is actually a genius and tries to get him into a more suitable curriculum. However, Shlomi is more interested in taking care of his family and his new love interest, the beautiful girl next door. Written by Aviad Shamir

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Lyrics by Natan Alterman
Music by Jonathan Bar-Giora
Performed by Haïm Ulliel
Background Vocals by Jonathan Bar-Giora and Shemi Zarhin
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A Beautifully Written Story Brought to Sparling Life
17 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BONJOUR, MONSIEUR SHLOMI is simply a wonderful film! Writer/Director Shemi Zarhin has created a story unlike any other and cast it with such consistently fine actors that it remains a puzzle to me that this film has not become an audience favorite throughout the world. It is intelligent, emotional, edifying, and warm, entertaining, and in all categories it is a winner.Shlomi (Oshri Cohen, in a brilliantly understated performance) is a 16-year-old lad who takes care of his highly dysfunctional family: his mother (Esti Zakheim) is about as distasteful a shrew as ever concocted and in a constant state of ill temper because of her husband cheated on her, and because she is stuck working double shifts to support her ailing father-in-law (Ariek Elias, who as Shlomi's grandfather is a bright, funny, wise, loving old man who deeply cares for Shlomi); a married sister Ziva (Rotem Abuhab)who periodically moves back in to the house because of constant spats with her husband who doesn't help her care for their infant twin sons; his brother Sasi (Assi Cohen) whose life is loud electric guitars, braggadocio about female conquests, and the favorite son of his mother. Stir this mixture and the result is the penultimate dysfunctional family unit. Shlomi cooks gourmet meals for them, shops, cleans house, runs errands, bathes and cares for this grandfather and in general leads a life of submission to a family that views him as a 'retard'.Shlomi longs for a girlfriend and practically fails his school because of his lack of time devoted to caring for his family and a lack of concentration. Serendipitously his math teacher Begin (Nisso Keavia) notes his natural mathematic genius on a discarded test, and with the aid of the headmaster (Yigal Nair) the two encourage him to be tested and discover that he is a genius (?with dyslexia?) and arrange for him to try for a special school in Haifa. Shlomi's mother will hear none of it but between fights with Shlomi's absentee father (Albert Iluz) and confrontations with the teacher and headmaster they finally consent to his testing for the school.Meanwhile Shlomi discovers a girl his age Rona (Aya Koren) who has moved in next door and gradually the two become intertwined in a physical and intellectual relationship. Always in the background is the support of Shlomi's grandfather, and when the grandfather dies, Shlomi sets off on the journey to live his life for himself, to realize his gifts, to find his happiness. The manner in which the family comes to grips with this is the peak of the movie and need not be revealed for the sake of loosing the power of the message.The film is beautifully photographed, the musical score is creatively lovely, and the final result is one of exaltation of the human spirit. Highly recommended on every level. In Hebrew with English subtitles.


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