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Or (My Treasure) (2004)

Or (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 16 September 2004 (Israel)
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Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel... See full summary »

Director:

Keren Yedaya

Writers:

Sari Ezouz-Berger (as Sari Ezouz), Keren Yedaya
11 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dana Ivgy ... Or
Ronit Elkabetz ... Ruthie
Meshar Cohen Meshar Cohen ... Ido
Katia Zinbris Katia Zinbris ... Rachel (as Katia Zimbris)
Shmuel Edelman Shmuel Edelman ... Shmuel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lital Doron Lital Doron ... High School Student
Shaul Ezer Shaul Ezer ... Haim
Tzhai Hanan Tzhai Hanan ... Avi
Yuval Segal ... Party Host
Shelly Skandrani ... Prostitute
Sigalit Tamir Sigalit Tamir ... School Careers Adviser (as Siyalit Tamir)
Sarit Vino-Elad ... Iris
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Storyline

Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel Aviv. Ruthie calls Or "my treasure," but Ruthie is a burden. She's just out of hospital, weak, and Or has found her a job as a house cleaner. The call of the quick money on the street is tough for Ruthie to ignore. Or's emotions roil further when the mother of the youth she's in love with comes to the flat to warn her off. With love fading and Ruthie perhaps beyond help, Or's choices narrow. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

16 September 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Or (My Treasure) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,022, 5 June 2005

Gross USA:

$29,194

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$214,585
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A film about elements which disturb the peace and quiet of human soul.
9 February 2009 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

There is a general impression in the minds of cinema goers that films about the taboo topic of prostitution are either too dark or to light. Most of the dark films about prostitution are known to have a sort of documentary touch to them whereas light films about prostitution invariably carry the hackneyed "all prostitutes are beautiful and they have a heart of gold" kind of message.For example: Irma La Douce directed by Billy Wilder and Never on Sunday directed by Jules Dassin. It is not so often that a different kind of film is made which can do justice to the depiction of this disturbing theme.Most of the films about prostitution need to have all the right ingredients in order to carry the proper message to viewers.This film by Keren Yedaya called "Or" is a unique film in the history of Israelian cinema.It is for the first time that the absurdist theme of prostitution has been boldly shown especially in the context of evils which disturb the human mind,body and soul.The film is a success as it depicts that the act of prostitution is a modern day evil which is closely associated with other roguish facets of modern age such as crime and drugs.Or can also be read as a sad tale of an irresponsible mother who is unable to take proper care of her daughter.The bizarre thing about this film is that towards its end the evil practice of prostitution is accepted by a person who was single handedly waging a fierce as well as a heroic battle against it.This is a hint to state that there is no possible end to the vicious circle of evil as circumstances even force a strong willed person to be a part of it.


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