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The Other Son (2012)

Le fils de l'autre (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 4 April 2012 (France)
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Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

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Cast

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Orith Silberg
Pascal Elbé ...
Alon Silberg
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Joseph Silberg
Mehdi Dehbi ...
Yacine Al Bezaaz
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Leïla Al Bezaaz
Khalifa Natour ...
Saïd Al Bezaaz
Mahmud Shalaby ...
Bilal Al Bezaaz (as Mahmood Shalabi)
Bruno Podalydès ...
David
Ezra Dagan ...
Le rabbin
Tamar Shem Or ...
Yona
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Ilan (as Tomer Ofner)
Noa Manor ...
Ethel
Shira Naor ...
Lisa
Diana Zriek ...
Amina
Marie Wisselmann ...
Keren
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Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

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Two families divided by fate. United by understanding.

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, brief language and drug use | See all certifications »
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4 April 2012 (France)  »

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The Other Son  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$125,691 (USA) (26 October 2012)

Gross:

$1,160,773 (USA) (28 December 2012)
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What does it mean to have been switched at birth?
4 August 2013 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The French film, "Le fils de l'autre," was shown in the U.S. with the title "The Other Son" (2012). It was co-written and directed by Lorraine Levy. As the title suggests, the movie plot hinges around two young men, born at the same time in the same hospital, who were switched by mistake. To make the situation even worse, one set of parents is Palestinian, and one is Israeli.

Once everyone comes to the realization that the mistake truly happened, the men are faced with the knowledge that their "parents" aren't their biological parents, their religion is not what it would be if the switch hadn't happened, and their position within the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been reversed.

The only good news is that both sets of parents, and both of the young men, are people of good will. They all want to work out some sort of arrangement that will make this bizarre situation a little less painful.

The knowledge about the switch is a life-altering event for all six people. How they survive--or don't survive--this event is what makes this such a fascinating film. This movie will work well on DVD. I suggest you seek it out and watch it. It will repay the effort


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