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The Other Son -- Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

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Director:
Writers:
Lorraine Lévy (screenplay)
Nathalie Saugeon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 April 2012 (France) See more »
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Two families divided by fate. United by understanding.
Plot:
Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
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NewsDesk:
(17 articles)
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User Reviews:
'We are all human, we can all be family.' See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Emmanuelle Devos ... Orith Silberg
Pascal Elbé ... Alon Silberg
Jules Sitruk ... Joseph Silberg

Mehdi Dehbi ... Yacine Al Bezaaz

Areen Omari ... 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

Tomer Offner ... Ilan (as Tomer Ofner)
Noa Manor ... Ethel
Shira Naor ... Lisa
Diana Zriek ... Amina
Marie Wisselmann ... Keren
Jill Ben David ... Le directeur de l'hôpital
Yuval Rozman ... Docteur militaire
Lana Ettinger ... Femme Officer
Loai Nofi ... Jamil (as Loai Noufi)
Majd Bitar ... Tarik
Nir Avrashi ... Officier ministère
Shir Friebach ... Femme sergent
Beni Eldar ... Soldat 1 check point
Ori Lachmi ... Soldat 2 check point
Natan Yadlin ... Soldat 3 check point
Samantha Amouyal ... Jolie cliente glace
Oum Abed ... Madame Hafiz
Michel Taroni ... Loubard 1 plage
Keppa ... Loubard 2 plage
Zaki Mevorach ... Loubard 3 plage

Directed by
Lorraine Lévy 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Noam Fitoussi  original idea (screenplay)
Lorraine Lévy  screenplay
Nathalie Saugeon  screenplay

Produced by
Eric Amouyal .... associate producer
Chrystèle Barbarat .... post-production producer
Raphaël Berdugo .... producer
Frédéric de Goldschmidt .... co-producer
Virginie Lacombe .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Soyer 
 
Film Editing by
Sylvie Gadmer 
 
Casting by
Michael Laguens 
 
Production Design by
Miguel Markin 
 
Costume Design by
Valérie Adda 
 
Production Management
Tony Copti .... production manager
Frédéric Grunenwald .... production manager
Louis Levy .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Assaf Banitt .... second assistant director
Sophie Davin .... first assistant director
Louis Levy .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Noa Roshovsky .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Antoine Baudouin .... dialogue editor
Damien Bera .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Paul Bernard .... sound engineer
Guillaume Bouchateau .... supervising sound editor
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound re-recording mixer
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronisation
Florian Penot .... assistant foley artist
Oren Raviv .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Loïc Caer .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nimrod Golan .... second assistant camera
Rami Siman-Tov .... focus puller
 
Editorial Department
Pauline Bouyer .... post-production coordinator
Florian Du Pasquier .... color supervisor
Le Guen Jean-Baptiste .... digital film supervisor
Lucile Sautarel .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Isabelle Delacroix .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le fils de l'autre" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, brief language and drug use
Runtime:
USA:105 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | USA:PG-13

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
'We are all human, we can all be family.', 15 September 2013
Author: gradyharp from United States

While the world continues to struggle to understand the constant schism between Palestine and Israel and yet permutations of that unsettled hot fire whose coals continue to smolder between aggressive flares, along comes a film such as this one - THE OTHER SON or Le fils de l'autre - and provides some insights that at least for the moment offer a better understanding of a very long struggle. Based on an idea by Noam Fitoussi who wrote the screenplay with Director Lorraine Lévy and Nathalie Saugeon, this is a gentle film about resolution of conflict - at least on the family level. It is a French production filmed in the West Bank and Israel under the sensitive direction of Lorraine Lévy.

It's not uncommon for those who rightly resent being biologically categorized on government questionnaires, to defiantly write in 'human' when asked to indicate their race. And the same holds true in its own compelling but curious way for the switched at birth DNA-driven identity crisis drama, The Other Son.

The relative stability of the two families in question - the Israeli Silbergs (Emmanuelle Devos and Pascal Elbéand) the Palestinian Al Bezaaz (Areen Omari, Khalifa Natourkin, and older son Mahmud Shalaby) in the West Bank - is shaken up when eighteen year old Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) puts his musical aspirations on hold to report for mandatory military duty. But an army blood test confirms that he could not be the child of his parents, an odd stratagem, that a military on such permanent alert would be so thorough, especially since Joseph's father is a high ranking commander. But during a Gulf War missile attack near the Haifa hospital where Joseph was born, a Palestinian mother gave birth at the same time. And in the ensuing confusion, the babies must have been released to the wrong women. Joseph's distraught parents first waver, then seek out the Al Bezaaz family. And Yacine (Medhi Dehbi), their designated 'other son' in question, who has returned home for a visit from his medical school studies in France. While alternately fearful and hopeful mixed emotions become entangled, compounded by a profound cultural divide along with two fathers into deeply disapproving denial. Yet it is the coming together of the three 'brothers' that offers a ray of nope that in time this festering conundrum may be resolved.

The cast is splendid, especially Jules Sitruk and Medhi Dehbi whose humanity holds the story together. Highly recommended. In French, English, Arabic, and Hebrew with subtitles.

Grady Harp

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