7.2/10
509
6 user 3 critic

Life According to Agfa (1992)

Ha-Chayim Al-Pi Agfa (original title)
| Drama | 1992 (Israel)
The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname for a famous Israeli mental health institution. The pub's name hints at the ... See full summary »

Director:

Assi Dayan

Writer:

Assi Dayan
Reviews
10 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Big Eyes (1974)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Benny Furman is a basketball headcoach who can't decide what he realy wants.

Director: Uri Zohar
Stars: Alona Einstein, Arik Einstein, Sima Eliyahu
Sallah (1964)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history (until that time) is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their... See full summary »

Director: Ephraim Kishon
Stars: Topol, Geula Nuni, Gila Almagor
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel... See full summary »

Director: Keren Yedaya
Stars: Dana Ivgy, Ronit Elkabetz, Meshar Cohen
Operation Grandma (TV Movie 1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Mivtza Savta ("Operation Grandma") is a satirical Israeli comedy about three very different brothers trying to get around many obstacles to bury their grandmother on her kibbutz. The story ... See full summary »

Director: Dror Shaul
Stars: Rami Heuberger, Ami Smolartchik, Tzach Shpitzen
Mr. Baum (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mickey Baum is told by his doctor he has cancer and will die in 92 minutes. During his final hour he makes arrangements while recalling his short life and trying to understand the reality in which he has lived.

Director: Assi Dayan
Stars: Gil Alon, Idan Alterman, Boaz Avni
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An existential comedy about a neurotic film director whose fears of failure, death and losing control all surface on the night his new film is released - a hysterical unforgettable night at least for him his band of eccentric friends .

Director: Gur Bentwich
Stars: Maya Kenig, Gur Bentwich, Alon Aboutboul
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A young woman trying to raise three children, work from home, and observe the strict Moroccan ... See full summary »

Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Gilbert Melki
S#x Acts (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Inevitable is a realistic paraphrase of a classic teen-movie, a deep dive into the 'Grey zone' of sexual abuse, told through the story of average suburban adolescents. The story takes place... See full summary »

Director: Johnathan Gurfinkel
Stars: Sivan Levy, Eviatar Mor, Roy Nik
The Policeman (1971)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and ... See full summary »

Director: Ephraim Kishon
Stars: Shaike Ophir, Zaharira Harifai, Avner Hizkiyahu
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A group of close friends celebrate the bittersweet changes coming to their lives during the summer of their high-school graduation: adult responsibilities, adult romance -- and the ... See full summary »

Director: Renen Schorr
Stars: Dor Zweigenboim, Yoav Tzafir, Shahar Segal
Late Marriage (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be ... See full summary »

Director: Dover Koshashvili
Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov
Love Birds I (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A couple, Tamara and Alon meet each other in a hotel suite for a day full of fantasy, they are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary and this is their routine celebration. But this ... See full summary »

Director: Dover Koshashvili
Stars: Tal Talmon, Asaf Goldstien, Roni Dotan
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Gila Almagor ... Daliah
Akram Tillawi Akram Tillawi ... Samir
Smadar Kilchinsky ... Daniela
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsipor Aizen Tsipor Aizen ... Nava
Sharon Alexander ... Nimi
Irit Alter ... Nira Shmeger
Shmil Ben Ari ... Levi
Igal Carmel Igal Carmel ... Officer
Nirit Chen Nirit Chen ... Adi Shmeger
Reuven Dayan ... Mahmud
Yoav Dekelbaum Yoav Dekelbaum ... Ralph
Avital Dicker Avital Dicker ... Ricky
Amnon Fisher Amnon Fisher ... Shimi
Irit Frank ... Liora
Haim Hova ... Itzik
Edit

Storyline

The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname for a famous Israeli mental health institution. The pub's name hints at the characters and the events which occur in the pub and which befall its owner (Daliah), the employees and customers. The plot unfolds with a streak of violence which takes a surprising turn. Written by Amir Handzel <hand@wisdom.weizmann.ac.il>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

1992 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Life According to Agfa See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in In Reverse: Dani Litani (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Ba-Makom Ha-Ze
Lyrics by Assi Dayan
Music by Naftali Alter
Performed by Danny Litani
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent Israeli comedy drama for the art-house crowd
12 January 1999 | by bazza-4See all my reviews

Well made Israeli drama with a subtle comic edge. Artistically shot in black-and-white, the story details the intertwining lives of those who frequent a small coffee-house/bar. An intimate vision of a microcosmos fraught with conflict, tension, romance, betrayal and madness, the characterizations are spot-on. Director Dayan (who is the son of eye-patch wearing Israeli army general Moshe Dayan) portrays this group of people and their situations convincingly, and the film is compelling throughout.

Strictly adult viewing though, as "Agfa" contains coarse language, drug use and graphic violence, including a police interrogation torture scene on par with the "Stuck In The Middle With You" sequence from Reservoir Dogs. A challenging yet thought-provoking watch nonetheless, this movie will optimally be appreciated by an Israeli audience (due to many cultural references and Hebrew expressions to which no amount of subtitles can do justice) or an open-minded art-house buff. It also boasts one of the most unlikely and devastating endings ever committed to film, and for that alone, it deserves your attention.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed