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Yana's Friends (1999)

Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 November 1999 (Israel)
Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks.

Director:

Arik Kaplun

Writers:

Arik Kaplun, Semyon Vinokur (as Simon Vinokur)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Evelyn Kaplun ... Yana
Nir Levy ... Eli
Shmil Ben Ari ... Yuri Kalantarov
Mosko Alkalai ... Yitzhak
Dalia Friedland ... Rosa
Vladimir Friedman Vladimir Friedman ... Alik
Israel Sasha Demidov ... Fima (as Israel Damidov)
Lena Sachanova Lena Sachanova ... Mila
Jenya Fleisher Jenya Fleisher ... Edik
Evyatar Lazar Evyatar Lazar ... Daniel
Lucy Dubinchik ... Yuri's daughter
Valentin Nikulin ... Neighbour
Aleksandr Stanilov Aleksandr Stanilov ... Moving contractor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Clara Rockmore Clara Rockmore ... Herself - Theremin Virtuoso (archive footage)
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Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew | Russian | English

Release Date:

4 November 1999 (Israel) See more »

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Gross USA:

$62,949
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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love has many forms
26 June 2002 | by lenusikSee all my reviews

So we have 3 love stories throughout this movie - well, actually we have love for music as well, but traditional stories are three. One is very sexy, and once can justify that the gas masks the characters wear (there are attacks from Iraq at the time) and the need to be in the sealed room they share enhances the feelings. Eli is hardly a sentimental type, he asks Yana for a date as his lover yells for him from the bedroom ... yet he is very kind to Yana. He seems Mr. No Commitment, yet he is the one who asks "what now" after Yana's estranged husband is back to her life or at least back to the country. There is no real drama in this story. Prefering sexy and kind roommate to the husband who is ready to abandon Yana alone pregnant with a huge loan is a no brainer.

The second love story of Rosa who first appears very business like is sad and entertaining. It is more life story than love story and one that makes you sob.

What truly amazes is the third couple. Alik is hardly anyone's type - yelling at his wife, squalid, dignity and morals long gone and you'd think his marriage experiences lack of contentment - yet it is Alik's wife who truly amazes with the way she looks at Alik, compliments him and her love is love that makes him a better man - at the end even Alik is quite a likable character!


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