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28 June 2007 (Israel) See more »
Love. Longing. Magic. (USA)
Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living... See more » | Add synopsis »
5 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Sarah Adler ... Batia
Nikol Leidman ... Girl
Gera Sandler ... Michael
Noa Knoller ... Keren
Ma-nenita De Latorre ... Joy
Zaharira Harifai ... Malka
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsipor Aizen ... Tamar
Bruria Albeck ... Relly
Ilanit Ben-Yaakov ... Galia
Binos ... Fille

Assi Dayan ... Eldad
Miri Fabian ... Nili
Natasha Geffen ... La petite fille
Shira Geffen ... Receptionniste
Shosha Goren ... Tikva

Tzahi Grad ... Police Man
Johnathan Gurfinkel ... Amir
Amir Harel ... Doctor
Tami Harel ... Nurse
Yitzhak Hizkiya ... Eytan
Lev Kerel
Dror Keren ... Taxi-Driver
Efraim Keret ... Ice seller
Etgar Keret ... Manager
Arik Kneler
Menachem Lang ... Rabbin
Gidéon Levi ... Docteur 2
Tal Lifshitz ... La mère
Efrat Mishori ... Hamlet
Naama Nisim ... Neomi
Rina Padwa
Odid Perah ... D J
Leila Pourcel
Shalom Shmuelov ... Menachem
Amos Shoov ... Eyal

Zohar Shtrauss ... Le père
Yali Sobol ... Amir
Liron Vaisman ... Shiri

Directed by
Shira Geffen 
Etgar Keret 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shira Geffen 

Produced by
Yael Fogiel .... producer
Laetitia Gonzalez .... producer
Amir Harel .... producer
Ayelet Kait .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Bowen 
Grégoire Hetzel 
Cinematography by
Antoine Héberlé 
Film Editing by
Sasha Franklin 
François Gédigier 
Casting by
Esther Kling 
Production Design by
Avi Fahima 
Costume Design by
Li Alembik 
Production Management
Johan Broutin .... assistant production manager
Mathieu Cabanes .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Aviv Aldema .... sound mixer
Olivier Dô Hùu .... sound
Neal Gibbs .... foley editor
John Purcell .... dialogue editor
Gil Segal .... foley artist
Gil Toren .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Nitzan Roiy .... compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ehab Assal .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Efrat Bigger .... production coordinator: additional photography
Ella Harel .... production coordinator
Penina Mezei .... script supervisor
Doron Suliman .... preparation: Film Lab

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jellyfish" - International (English title) (literal title)
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78 min
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Co-director Shira Geffen gave birth a day after the last day of shooting.See more »


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12 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Pretentious and dull, 20 April 2008
Author: wondercritic from Turkey

I went to see this because I'd never seen Tel-Aviv, where the story is set. I was disappointed, since it doesn't offer many views of Israel's largest metropolis. It's also pretentious—one of those movies that leaves you guessing at its meaning until you ultimately give up with a shrug of the shoulders.

The main protagonist is Batya, a woman in her twenties' who works as a waitress at catered weddings. Her parents evidently don't care about her very much, and when a little girl walks out of the sea with an inflatable ring around her, Batya feels compelled to take care of her. The little girl doesn't speak, and Batya can't give her to social services because it's the weekend and the agency is closed. So she takes her back to her apartment with the leaky roof, and when it comes time to work in the evening, she has to take the little girl with her. The boss is very unhappy about this and other shortcomings in Batya's work performance.

Another main character is Keren, who is getting married. At her wedding party (where Batya is of course working), she breaks her leg climbing out of a ladies' room cubicle whose door won't open, and so she and her new husband cannot take the Caribbean vacation they've planned. They end up in a dingy hotel on the seafront without a view. It smells bad, there is noise from the traffic, and Keren is complaining all the time. Her husband meets a strangely attractive older woman – a writer – who is also staying in the hotel, and Keren worries that he has slept with this stranger.

The third main character is a Filipino woman named Joy who looks after old people. The old woman she is hired to care for is very crabby and speaks no English, only German and Hebrew. Joy speaks English but no Hebrew or German. Joy is mostly concerned with how her son is doing back in the Philippines, and wants to buy him a toy boat, as he has asked. She finds the perfect boat in a store and plans to buy it. The daughter of the old woman, who hired Joy, is an actress appearing in some sort of post-modern "physical theater" adaptation of Hamlet, and does not get along with her mother.

The way in which these three stories—which intersect momentarily—resolve themselves is presumably supposed to mean something profound. I didn't get it. There is a fantasy element to Batya's relationship with the little girl, and maybe Batya's non-existent relationship with her parents is somehow inverted in this relationship. When Joy sees the toy boat in the shop window, there is a strange effect used where the little sails billow as if blown by the wind, and they do this as if they are on the scale of a real-life ship. Keren draws the outline of a bottle around a ship that is on a brochure cover in the hotel room, and a narration of the strange woman's poetry mentions a ship in a bottle. But what does all this mean? I thought about it for a while and realized I wasn't going to lose any sleep in the process. If anyone out there has a clear idea of what it's all about, maybe they can fill me in.

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