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Knafayim Shvurot (2002)

Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.

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Nir Bergman

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Nir Bergman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orly Silbersatz ... Dafna Ulman (as Orly Silbersatz Banai)
Maya Maron ... Maya Ulman
Daniel Magon ... Ido Ulman
Nitai Gvirtz Nitai Gvirtz ... Yair Ulman
Eliana Magon Eliana Magon ... Bahr Ulman
Vladimir Friedman ... Dr. Valentin Goldman
Dana Ivgy ... Iris
Yarden Bar-Kochba ... Flora, School Counselor
Danny Niv ... Yoram (as Danny "mooki" Niv)
Orit Boger Orit Boger ... Teacher
Nimrod Cohen Nimrod Cohen ... Gaga
Eitan Green ... The Father
Martin Umanski Martin Umanski ... Video Photographer
Shira Vilensky Shira Vilensky ... (as Shira Vilenski)
Lobo Wizner Lobo Wizner ... Band member
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Storyline

The unexpected death of the family patriarch throws every member of the Ulman clan off course. Widow Dafna takes to bed for three months and when she finally returns to her job at the maternity hospital, she has little time for her children. Eldest son, Yair drops out of school and adopts a fatalist attitude, shutting out his siblings and girlfriend. His twin sister Maya, a talented musician, feels the most guilt and is forced to act as a family caregiver at the expense of career opportunities. Bullied at school, younger son Ido responds by obsessively filming himself with a video camera and attempting dangerous feats. The baby sister, Bar, is woefully neglected. Preoccupied with their own misery, the family is barely a family anymore. When another tragedy strikes, will they be able to support one another? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, brief nudity and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

24 October 2002 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken Wings See more »

Filming Locations:

Carmelit Subway, Haifa, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,862, 14 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$405,858, 4 July 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ido and Bahr are played by real-life brother and sister Daniel and Eliana Magon. See more »

Connections

Featured in Noodle (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Sratim Metzuyarim
("Cartoons")
Lyrics by Nir Bergman
Music by Johnny Shuali
Performed by Maya Maron
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A death in the family
13 April 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This film was a surprise. Israel's film industry is doing just fine, and judging by some of the latest movies that we have seen from that country, they have a very promising future.

Director Nir Bergman knows a thing or two about how to reach an audience. The story that he presents here is one about the tremendous pain this family is going through after the beloved father dies in a freakish manner, leaving behind a wife and four children that without him are at the breaking point.

Dafna, the mother, is sleepwalking through life; she appears to be sleepy most of the time. Having to work odd hours, she is losing the grip of things at home. Maya, the oldest daughter, is the logical choice for Dafna to rely on, but this teen ager feels her life is being torn between the family loyalty and her own singing ambition. The older son, Yair, also is facing very hard times adapting to a life that is uncertain, at best. The other two children are just plain lost because everyone else is absorbed in his own conflict.

The acting is first rate. Dafna, played with conviction by Orly Silbersatz Banai, is excellent as the over burdened mother. Maya Maron is the rebellious Maya, basically the central role of the story. Miss Maron plays convincingly. The rest of the cast is very good.

We can expect other fine films from Mr. Bergman in the future, I'm sure.


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