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Jaffa (2009)

In the city of Jaffa; a young girl plans to run away with her secret lover, when a tragedy forever changes the course of their lives.

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Mali Wolf
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Reuven Wolf
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Osnat 'Ossi' Wolf
Mahmud Shalaby ...
Toufik
Hussein Yassin Mahajne ...
Hassan
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Meir Wolf
Lili Ivgy ...
Shiran Wolf
Zenabh Mahrab ...
Naima
Suma Zenabh ...
Evtesam
Dalia Beger ...
Aunt Suzi
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Le client du garage
Amir Bushari ...
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Le 1er frère d'Ossi (as Morris Cohen)
Lizi Goren ...
La soeur de Reuven
Solita Hadad ...
La mère d'Ossi
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In the heart of Jaffa, Reuven's garage is a family business. His daughter Mali and his son Meir, as well as Toufik, a young Palestinian, work there. No one suspects that Mali and Toufik have been in love for years. As the two lovers are secretly making their wedding arrangements, tension builds between Meir and Toufik. Written by Keren Yedaya

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Ronit Elkabetz and Dana Ivgy also played mother and daughter in Keren Yedaya's previous movie Or (My Treasure) (2004). See more »

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An excellent and moving drama
23 February 2010 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Jaffa, an Israeli film whose title refers to a part of Tel Aviv, is an excellent and moving drama. I wish movies like this got more press and had more fame. The story is sad, realistic and compelling.

The movie begins in the family owned garage of an Israeli family, where father, son Meir, and daughter Mali, work alongside a young Palestinian named Toufik. Meir is not the model son- rebellious, angry, ungrateful and disrespectful towards his parents and everybody else, he steals the attention from his quiet younger sister. No one suspects that she is having a love affair with Toufik and that they are secretly planning on getting married.

Religious and other tensions start building between the two young men, Meir and Toufik, and the outcome is shocking and devastating. Mali makes an extremely difficult sacrifice, depriving herself of a normal life by keeping hidden a truth which only she knows.

All of the actors are magnificent. The father is particularly memorable, always kind, trying at times to be a little bit stern, understanding of everyone throughout the film until his final, harsh condemnation. The ending is extremely powerful- completely unexpected and expected at the same time. Mali finally makes a choice for herself and we are left hoping that her life will be a happy one.

This film brought me to tears on several occasions. I watched it without Fabio as I wasn't sure what to expect and now highly recommend it to him and all of my readers.

My rating: 9/10 Please visit http://paulinasmovies.blogspot.com and become a follower to read more reviews!


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