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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 »

Directors:

Ari Folman, Ori Sivan

Writers:

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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welcome to golda meir junior high school home of the bewitching and the bewitched See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Trivia

The film takes place in 1999. See more »

Quotes

Teacher Mounitz: You think the kids made a jerk out of me, huh? I'm a jerk. I know. But you know what? I had one day in my life like you'll never have. When I was in America, I was sent to Vietnam. The minute I landed a friend took me to a whorehouse. The girls were 14. I was with seven at once. Suddenly, a chopper landed in the middle of the war, and Bobby Fisher gets out. The great Fisher played chess with 60 soldiers at once. I was the only one who won. They took me to Virginia with him and recruited me for ...
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Connections

Version of Die Einfälle der heiligen Klara (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Cham Al Ha-Yare'ach
Composed and Performed by Berry Sakharof
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Traditional folk tale of magic and morality
12 December 1999 | by bobc-5See all my reviews

On the surface, Saint Clara presents itself as a clever and amusing dystopian look at modern society. The central characters inhabit a town of featureless block buildings and deserted streets. Golda Meir High seems to be completely empty except for the principal, one teacher, and one class. And the TV in all the houses are tuned to the same show, in which a wild haired woman makes cryptic prophecies of doom and destruction.

Underneath all of this, however, is a traditional folk tale of an alienated young boy who falls in love and makes his peace with society. The boy, the town, and you the viewer learn just how unimportant are things like fame, fortune, and power. And all along the way you are entertained with tales of magic and humorous anecdotes. Long ago, this is the type of tale with which a traveling minstrel would have held your fascination. Remove the post-apocalyptic stylizations and this becomes very reminiscent of the early stories of Isaac B. Singer, which I assume are themselves done in the style of traditional Yiddish folk tales.

Don't be put off by the idea of having to sit through a moral lesson; the movie is never didactic or preachy. When you finally see the lesson at the end, it just makes the characters seem that much real and the stories that much more entertaining. This is a short and not particularly ambitious movie, but it succeeds completely in those things which it does set out to accomplish.


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Israel

Language:

Hebrew | Russian

Release Date:

1996 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Agia Clara See more »

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