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Saint Clara (1996)

Clara Hakedosha (original title)
The year is 1999 and the storyline is actually a number of sub-plots all revolving around the 13-year old Clara, a girl that can predict the future and has telekinetic powers. The sub-plots... See full summary »

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Ari Folman, Ori Sivan

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Ari Folman (as Ari Fulman), Jelena Kohout (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Dubinchik ... Clara Chanov
Halil Elohev Halil Elohev ... Eddie Tikel
Johnny Peterson Johnny Peterson ... Rosy
Maya Maron ... Libby
Maya De-Fries Maya De-Fries ... Eleanor Galash
Tal Feigenboim Tal Feigenboim ... Galit Biron
Igal Naor ... Headmaster Tissona
Joe El Dror ... Teacher Mounitz
Orly Silbersatz ... TV Reporter (as Orly Silbersatz Banai)
Tal Ben-Bina Tal Ben-Bina ... Tikel's Mom
Menashe Noy ... Tikel's Dad
Evgenia Dodina ... Clara's Mom (as Jenya Dodina)
Ronald Heilovsky Ronald Heilovsky ... Clara's Dad
Israel Sasha Demidov ... Elvis Chanov (as Israel Damidov)
Ronny Bachar Ronny Bachar ... Vered Rosental
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Storyline

The year is 1999 and the storyline is actually a number of sub-plots all revolving around the 13-year old Clara, a girl that can predict the future and has telekinetic powers. The sub-plots include a boy in her class who has a crush on her, his family, her family and her principal that keeps talking French for some strange reason. Written by Danny Paikov <deepee@netvision.net.il>

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MiKan Tatchil HaMahapecha [The Revolution Will Start Here] See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Israel

Language:

Hebrew | Russian

Release Date:

1996 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Lucy Dubinchik(Clara Chanov) is actually fluent in Russian, as her character Clara. See more »

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Elvis Chanov: Great dog! He looks like he belongs to Bob Marley.
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Version of Die Einfälle der heiligen Klara (1980) See more »

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Composed and Performed by Berry Sakharof
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Depressing, unusual
11 June 2000 | by AizykSee all my reviews

As I watched this movie, I was unsure whether it was trying to present a realistic image of common Israeli lives, or if it was complete fantasy. It had the wacky characters and a cinematographic/color style reminiscent of Pedro Almodovar films, although with absolutely none of the exuberance. The featureless architectures colored in dreary pastels, located in grassy nowheres, then juxtaposed in other scenes with environments covered in concrete, lent a very odd and bleak feeling to the film. Buildings seemed devoid of humanizing artistic style--although the style of the film itself was very distinct. Every place seemed deserted, even when there were pedestrians around (walking in all directions without apparent regard to the paths of roads and sidewalks, somewhat like zombies). Often, there was what looked like cement plants nearby, as well as glass objects handy for shattering. The sky seemed to be perpetually overcast, or in twilight, except in the night scenes. Fortunately, there were no references, visual or otherwise, to religion or Israel's governmental politics. If there had been, it would have created a familiarity, corrupting the weird vibe of the film's environment. It was like watching the inhabitants of a semi-abandoned wasteland, a place which could exist anywhere.

This was an interesting film, and I don't know if I've ever seen anything quite like it. Was it entertaining? I'm still not sure, although as a comedy, it wasn't really about laughs, but more about quirks.


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