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Jaffa (2009)

 -  Drama  -  10 June 2009 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Stars: Dekel Adin, Reymonde Amsallem, Roy Assaf


Credited cast:
Dana Ivgy ...
Mali Wolf
Reuven Wolf
Osnat 'Ossi' Wolf
Mahmud Shalaby ...
Hussein Yassin Mahajne ...
Meir Wolf
Lili Ivgy ...
Shiran Wolf
Zenabh Mahrab ...
Suma Zenabh ...
Dalia Beger ...
Aunt Suzi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nahman Ashkenazi ...
Le client du garage
Amir Bushari ...
Le 2ème frère d'Ossi
Moris Cohen ...
Le 1er frère d'Ossi (as Morris Cohen)
Lizi Goren ...
La soeur de Reuven
Solita Hadad ...
La mère d'Ossi


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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I nyfi tis thalassas  »

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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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Would You Like Some Tahini To Go With Your Existentialism?
22 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you ever thought dysfunctional families are only the stuff that American films are made of...guess again. 'Jaffa' is a sad tale of just such a dysfunctional family living in one of the oldest continuing sea port towns in Isreal,dating back to the Bronze age. It tells the story of the Wolf family. Reuven,the father of the brood,owns & operates a small garage that employs his son,Meir,a young man with a chip on his shoulder that's the size of the middle east,his daughter,Mali,who seems to be the invisible member of the family,Tawfig,an Arab,who is in love with Mali,and Tawfig's father. Osnat,who is the Mother of Meir & Mali,who is something of a control fanatic,runs the household with an iron hand. Meir harbors a bitter resentment to having to work in the garage,when he would rather just sit around,smoke cigarettes & drink coffee,as well as a hatred of Tawfig,and all Arabs in general. He is constantly arguing with his family & is always spoiling for a fight. When he picks a fight with Tawfig,and is accidentally killed in that fight,Tawfig ends up doing a nine year stretch in prison. Mali discovers she is three months pregnant with Tawfig's baby,and attempts to get an abortion. What transpires from here on is what the director calls an homage to Egyptian cinema (the plot line,or at least elements of it surely seems to be lifted from one of Oum Kalsoum's songs). Many hidden secrets are revealed,as well as tears shed. Keren Yedaya ('Or') directs & co writes the screenplay (with Ilia Ben Porat),with a flair for the occasional sojourn into soapsuds. Dana Ivgy is Mali,who turns in a bravura acting job. Ronit Elkabetz is her controlling mother,Osnat,in a role that just smacks of "not nice person". Moni Moshonov is Reuven, a brow beaten man who has had most of the man beaten out of him by his shrewish wife,Osnat,and who just shrugs his way thru life. Roy Assaf absolutely drips with contempt as Mali's younger brother,Meir,and Mahmoud Shalaby plays Mali's love interest,Tawfig. The rest of the splendid cast is rounded out by Hussein Yassin Mahajneh,Lily Ivgy, Zenabh Mahrab & Dalya Beger. If you enjoy a well written,directed & acted drama,look no further. Spoken in Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains outbursts of crude language,intimations of adult content (but nothing graphically depicted on screen),and a moment of sudden,bloody violence

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