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Nono wants to be like his father - the best police inspector in the world - but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself... Together with master-burglar Felix Glick - an old acquaintance of his father - he stops the train and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono's life forever. Written by
great film for children 10-14 (and their parents!)
More often I like a film less then the book. In this case I appreciate the film maybe even better then the book (which I enjoyed a lot).
In the beginning it was a bit weird to me to see the characters appear in a different part of the world: Western Europe instead of Israel. But I think the makers did a good job. It didn't take out the magic I experienced in the book. (Yet, I don't see the necessity to have the story take place in Europe. Maybe only budgetary reasons?)
Although I read the book a few years before, I still experienced the storyline to be unpredictable, so it didn't become boring anywhere. On the contrary, it kept on surprising me and my daughter in a pleasant way. This certainly is due to the gifted hand of David Grossman (writer of the book).
IMHO a nice film for children between the ages of 10 and 14. Most likely too difficult for most younger kids, because of the mixing of past and present happenings in the same scenes, which can cause a lot of confusion if not well understood. Also possibly hard for younger children to see what is fiction and what is only happening in Nono's fantasy.
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