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A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 19 August 2016 (USA)
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The story of Amos Oz's youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell become the stories we live.

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(screenplay), (memoir)
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Kira
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The Pioneer
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Israel Zarchi
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Halawani
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Arieh Klausner
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Old Amos (voice)
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Haya
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Zerta Abramski
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Grandma Klausner
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Mr. Licht
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Tsvi
Noa Raban ...
Mother
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Colonel Jan
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Based on the international best-seller by Amos Oz, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is the story of his youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell, become the stories we live. Written by Studio

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images | See all certifications »

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19 August 2016 (USA)  »

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De Amor e Trevas  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,170 (USA) (19 August 2016)

Gross:

$569,381 (USA) (30 September 2016)
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2.35 : 1
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Neta Riskin and Shira Haas also work together in _Shtisel_, were they play mother and daughter respectively. See more »

Quotes

Fania Oz: Maybe you could finally tell me, what is it about you that I love so much, you of all people?
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Main Theme in F# / Poème in F#
performed by Nicholas Britell and Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev
Composed by Nicholas Britell
(P) 2015 Voltage Pictures under exclusive license to Milan Entertainment Inc.
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an extraordinary debut. Memorable, haunting, beautiful and true.
12 September 2015 | by (israel) – See all my reviews

This is a beautifully made film.Its slow pace at times matches with integrity the focus chosen by Portman, one of many interpretive avenues that could be pursued. I find it idiotic for critics to keep saying that "it's not like the book"or describe it as "dreary". I see it as a marvelous visual transcription, its development towards the end seemingly as inevitable as the last movement of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony. Portman recreated an entire era,offered original visual interpretations and the casting ( including her own acting) is memorable. I feel very lucky to have seen this movie before reading the book. I feel I can comprehend the movie on its own merits,and it will augment my appreciation of the book. It will be remembered as one of the best Israeli films based on great literature. An extraordinary debut for Natalie Portman.


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