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Antarctica (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 June 2008 (USA)
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In two days, Omer will hit a milestone; his 30th birthday. Like many his age, he hasn't found himself. But then Omer is hardly looking. Instead he chooses to loose himself among the stacks ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ofer Regirer ...
Boaz
Guy Zoaretz ...
Ronen (as Guy Zo-Aretz)
Yuval Raz ...
Miki
Yiftach Mizrahi ...
Danny
Oshri Sahar ...
Eitan
Tomer Ilan ...
Omer
Lucy Dubinchik ...
Shirley
Yael Deckelbaum ...
Yael
Liat Ekta ...
Michal (as Liat Akta)
Shirli Salomon ...
Shirli (as Shirli Solomon)
Noam Huberman ...
Shoshana / Amram (as Miss Laila Carry)
Rivka Neuman ...
Matilda Rose
Dvir Benedek ...
Tzachy
Dina Limon ...
Mrs. Abramovich
Tamar Yerushalmi ...
Suzi the hairdresser
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In two days, Omer will hit a milestone; his 30th birthday. Like many his age, he hasn't found himself. But then Omer is hardly looking. Instead he chooses to loose himself among the stacks of books at the local library, where he works. It is a respite from real life. From time to time he goes on blind dates. He meets Danny on one of his dates. 20 years old and full of enthusiasm, Danny dreams of becoming a dancer. Shirley, Omer's little sister, has her own problems. Aside from being Omer's greatest annoyance, she is in an unconventional relationship with, Michal, owner of the city's hippest coffeehouse and her boss. Just when it seems that Omer has completely lost his spark and all seems lost, Enter Ronen, the handsome journalist who ignites the flame Omer has been seeking. Everyone is hoping for a change. They are waiting for the light. The light that will thaw their frozen hearts. But only one person has the answer, Matilda Rose, the alien loving best-selling novelist can solve the ... Written by Yair Hochner

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Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Antarctica ...lässt Herzen schmelzen  »

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$1,385 (USA) (29 August 2008)

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$21,445 (USA) (12 June 2009)
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Mediocre at best
8 July 2010 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I had pretty high expectations of this movie after reading a very short synopsis; I really like ensemble movies and 'Antarctica' being a gay movie and from Israel added to the attraction (I see a lot of Hollywood movies as well). I came out pretty disappointed.

There was very little story in this and hardly any substance. I found it rather shallow while the premise was full of possibilities for an engrossing film. There is great potential in ensemble movies but only when a director and/or a writer know what to do with it… clearly in this case there could have been much more of a plot if the writer had left out a couple of characters and had focused on the remaining ones for some depth and background.

I am somebody who enjoys striking images - by which I do not mean pictures of sunsets and lavish homes, but images that, whether they are pretty of ugly, enhance the story - but there was no beauty at all to be found in this movie. I am not referring to the cast because some of them were actually rather handsome, but the sets: apartments, kitchens, streets, surroundings… nothing spoke to me. It looked like nobody had been hired for cinematography. Now I am aware of the budget factor but there is a big gap between lush Hollywood sets and cramped TL-lit spaces. From where I was sitting a little more attention to imagery would not have distracted from the story; it would probably have enhanced it.

But the one thing I could not get over was the casting of the character 'Omer's Mother'. This person was so ridiculously out of place that it hurt. I sincerely wonder what the deal was here because I cannot believe that any casting director who takes themselves seriously would voluntarily cast this character the way it was done, destroying any credibility the movie had to begin with.

'Antarctica' in my view is mediocre at best, I give it 5 out of 10.


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