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Slice-of-life look at the lives of twelve people who live or work in the same apartment complex in Tel Aviv.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gabi
... Mali (as Hana Laszlo)
... Ezra (as Uri Ran Klauzner)
... Ilan
... Ronit
... Hezi (as Amos Lavie)
... Aviram
... Schwartz
Amit Mestechkin ... Eyal
Lyn Hsiao Zamir ... Linda
... Officer
Carmel Betto ... Carmel
... Sharon
Kobi Zahavi ... Kiosk owner
Eyal Elhadad ... Locksmith
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In Tel Aviv, the gloomy Ezra hires foreign workers without permits to build an addition to a homely block of flats where his ex-wife Mali lives with her current lover Ilan. Ezra and Mali's young son Eyal hates the army and is AWOL, living among prostitutes and drug dealers. Gabi, a beautiful young woman who's a friend of Mali's, is carrying on an affair with Hezi, an older man insisting on secrecy. Hezi rents an apartment at the building for their trysts. Neighbors complain about the noise of their lovemaking and of the construction. Lives revolve slowly one around another. "Everyone's out for himself," says Ezra of Israeli society. Suicide bombings and elections provide a backdrop. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,063, 29 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,493, 13 June 2004
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A fresh canvas of modern Israel
9 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a fresh canvas over daily life in modern Israel depicted by several stories that intertwine within a chaotic apartment building where the main characters dwell. The plot of the movie is not exactly straightforward, but this a well-known feature in Gitai's films. Gitai is a keen observer of life in Israel, and that is what the film is all about. In this sense, the movie outstandingly captures the mayhem and chaos of life in southern Tel-Aviv through the stories of ordinary people. But, however absorbed they seem to be in their own problems and plights, they cannot detach themselves from "the situation", the euphemism Israelis use to denote the conflict with the Arabs. Thus, the personal troubles of the main characters are put into perspective when confronted with the larger picture of bombings and terrorism, as radio flashes remind the main characters what is going on in the outside world. Nevertheless, unless you appreciate all things Israeli, you won't find any particular appeal in this movie. This is definitely not a mainstream movie, although all actors perform remarkably well. Also, you have to be a native Hebrew speaker or you won't understand most of it. I could hardly understand 10% of the dialogs. Additionaly, some Oriental Mizrahi music in the background also adds up to raise the interest of the movie.


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