In the early sixties, Hilik, a ten years old boy who lives in Tel Aviv, Torn between his fear that his father, a holocaust survivor, would abandon him, and the wish to make him happy. Hilik... See full summary »
In the early sixties, Hilik, a ten years old boy who lives in Tel Aviv, Torn between his fear that his father, a holocaust survivor, would abandon him, and the wish to make him happy. Hilik chooses to test his father's love to him, while accepting the risk of loosing him. Written by
In general, whenever I see an Israeli film I come away with the impression that the Israeli film-makers are superior to their American counterparts in creating real, well-rounded characters. This film is no exception, despite the somewhat far-fetched plot device. The characters seem to be real people, not caricatures. All of the Holocaust survivors in the film are affected by the condition which today we call PTSD, and much of their anxiety is passed on to the next generation. The film avoids the temptation to turn these people into saints, but rather shows them with all of their shortcomings and makes us aware how their character flaws were shaped by their experiences in the Camps. However, the film's creators assume that we know enough about the Holocaust that they do not need to provide more than a brief description of the characters' Holocaust experiences rather than dwelling on them. The film is not about what they suffered but rather how they cope or tried to cope.
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