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Liebesleben (2007)

A married young academic falls under the sexual thrall of a much older man whose air of jaded ennui conceals a secret desire for vengeance...

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Ya'ara (as Netta Garti)
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Arie (as Rade Sherbedgia)
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Hannah
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Leon
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Joni
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Nathan (as Arie Moskona)
Caroline Silhol ...
Josephine
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Dean Ross
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Shira
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Arie's niece
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Driver who kills the cat
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Kenneth
Shlomit Mandel ...
Driver's girlfriend
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Librarian
Esther Zewko ...
Parent's close friend
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Actually, "Love Life" begins with a very idyllic picture. Ya'ara (Netta Garti) prepares an outdoor picnic for the birthday of her father Leon (Stephen Singer). But there is a wind that mixes up the whole beautifully arranged ensemble. With this gust of wind Arie (Rade Sherbedgia) has returned to Jerusalem, which he had left for 30 years. This surprised Ya'ara, as she rushes to her parents full of concern. Previously, Ya'ara's life was okay. Happily married to Joni (Ishai Golan), Jara has good prospects for early employment at the university. But already the first encounter with Arie throws Jara off track. In the following meetings, a real affair develops out of the initially erotically charged situations. Written by lament

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Ya'ara: I'm ruining my life and you're dying from boredom.
Arie: You're hungry and I'm full.
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Has someone ever told you a joke and forgotten the beginning?
29 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I understand I'm not the only one who reacted to the heroine's inexplicable behavior not with an intrigued hope of learning more in the course of the movie, but with a disgruntled assumption that no explanation was forthcoming. At least no more than in, say, LAST TANGO IN Paris, which this movie somewhat resembles-- woman secretly meeting older and uncommunicative man from time to time to cheat on her more suitable partner. However, I kept watching because although I haven't read the novel, it's by a respected writer; and the lead actress has a good reputation. Not because there was any character that the audience could sympathize with. Eventually some exposition of the characters' background was produced, basically in the form of sheer monologue rather than being cinematically integrated, but the exposition came too late. A movie that engaged more audience sympathy might have led people to say "Aha, now I understand and I must see this again from the beginning." But this isn't a movie that engages the audience in that way (maybe it engages you by the photography, if that's something you to go the movies for) and those who do watch it till the end may not be eager to do so again. So it's sort of like hearing a joke and then, just before the punch line, being told "Oh, I should have mentioned that the guy was hunting a bear in the forest."


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