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Sipuray Bate Kafe' (2003)

Cafe Tales is the story of five Israeli men and their efforts to save a local cafe from demolition. The film addresses in a comical and usually edgy way the ironies of fate and the ... See full synopsis »

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Cafe Tales is the story of five Israeli men and their efforts to save a local cafe from demolition. The film addresses in a comical and usually edgy way the ironies of fate and the difficulties of life, as well as representing a slice-of-life picture of contemporary Israeli society. The owner of the cafe is an ancient, grandmotherly, but nevertheless incredibly sharp-tongued and foul-mouthed lady named Leah Braun (Elisheva Michaeli), who remains committed to the cafe she and her late husband had built over thirty years, despite her daughter Nurit's (Tzipor Eisen-Lior) uncertainties about its continued viability. The narrator, Yutz (Moshe Ivgy), an out-of-work divorced poet, relies on the cafe as the center of his life, and has done so for 30 years, and assembles an unlikely group of four other cafe customers - approximately his friends - to help defend the cafe they have all loved, ultimately saving it from destruction by coming together through a complex machination of what initially...

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Holds attention with one eccentric after another
29 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

The problem with typical Israeli filmmakers, someone said, is that instead of wanting to write about an individual in pursuit of a purpose, they want to write about a gang of pals. At least the gang of pals in this film is in pursuit of a purpose, even if the purpose is a cliché-- saving their beloved hangout from the bulldozer. And at least the plot doesn't try to drag us along while we're still trying to figure out which character is which. The characters are carefully introduced one after another and carefully differentiated. They are all lost and quirky souls, each with his own disappointment, who survive only because, as one of them remarks, "God loves everybody." The movie is a sort of a TIME OF YOUR LIFE, Tel Aviv style.


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