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The year is 1980. The Levis, a large family with a unique lifestyle, live in what was then a rather naive State of Israel. Mr. Levi lectures his children daily on the importance of fulfilling their dreams, while his wife preaches absolute family loyalty. The family's twin boys both fall in love with a new girl in town. Erez, our hero, discovers how difficult it is to balance family loyalty against fulfillment of one's personal dreams. Matters become increasingly complicated when Erez somehow causes a severe family crisis. Beset by guilt feelings, he attempts to escape his fate, somehow exchanging dreams with his twin brother. He is drafted into a commando unit of the Israeli Army, just as his brother always dreamed of doing, while Ofer remains at home to take care of his broken family and has an affair with the love of Erez's life. Can Erez challenge destiny? Of what value is the life of someone who does not fulfill his dreams? Written by
Twice during the movie the subtitles do not match what the actors are saying. The first is at the high-school were Neta asks to borrow a notebook in mathematics. A few sentences later the subtitles say "Matematika" (Hebrew for mathematics) but the actors don't. The second event is later in the movie when Neta is asked whether her friend is nice - the actors say "nechmad" (nice) and the subs say "bachur nechmad" (nice guy). See more »
When we left the theater after this movie, my wife took the opportunity to urge strangers to see it. It's that impressive.
Childhood in an Israeli town of 1980 looks idyllic, and Erez, his twin brother Ofer, and their family all make the most of it, full of love, humor, and optimism; but it seems that the force that turns the generational wheels-- the magnetism of the opposite sex-- is a weakness that threatens the smooth course of life for them all both as individuals and as a family.
Michael Moshonov and Oshri Cohen are perhaps the most unlikely-looking set of twins since Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwartzenegger, and Cohen doesn't have the face of the glib joke-cracker he portrays, but their acting sells their relationship and the acting of the older performers is even better. A continuity glitch or two is forgiven as the movie packs in enough wit, twists of fate, and characterization for three times its length.
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