An old Kibbutz isolated in the Hills of Galilee in Israel find itself immersed in deep debt and threatened by lawsuits from bankers and creditors to the point of bankruptcy. On the evening ... See full summary »
An old Kibbutz isolated in the Hills of Galilee in Israel find itself immersed in deep debt and threatened by lawsuits from bankers and creditors to the point of bankruptcy. On the evening prior to the arrival of the bailiffs, the great exodus begins. Men, women and children abandon their homes, taking with them all their possessions. The sun rises over an abandoned and desolate kibbutz. No living soul can be seen. Twelve senior citizens awake in the kibbutz old people's home to discover they have been deserted and left to fend for themselves. The group initially sink into deep depression, but later begin to organize an effective communal unit. They begin to rebuild the kibbutz. Written by
It's the old story of the holdouts against the developers a la Milagro Beanfield, *bnót Braun*, and a million other stories. This time it's played out on a Galilee kibbutz that unbeknownst to a dozen or so of its founders, who reside on the premises in a special seniors' complex, the mired-in-debt community has gone into receivership.
The oldsters awaken one morning to an empty (save a cow and one Chinese laborer) kibbutz and after being offered millions by a corrupt tycoon and refusing his offer, hunker down to recreate their society on their own terms.
Simply told and ably acted, the characters draw us into their world, their decades-old unsettled scores, and their up-to-now unconfessed romances. It's a sweet, sad, timeless tale with a kibbutz twist yet no surprises. Recommended.
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