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Summer Story (2004)

Summer 1982. With the war raging in Lebanon, 13 year-old Gal works as a postman in a village emptied of men because almost all the male inhabitants have been conscripted to fight at the ... See full summary »


Shmuel Haimovich
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Credited cast:
Aya Steinovitz ... Haya
Kosta Kaplan Kosta Kaplan ... Gal
Itamar Cohen Itamar Cohen ... Boaz
Sara von Schwarze ... Gals Mother
Danny Steg ... Pilot
Albert Iluz ... Dadon
Moshe Folkenflick ... Ovadia
Evelin Hagoel ... Miryam
Tikva Dayan ... Aliza
Eden Katz Eden Katz ... Ronit
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reymonde Amsallem ... Ovadia's wife
Liron Baranes Liron Baranes ... Deserter-catcher
Yonatan Ben-Gal Yonatan Ben-Gal ... Deserter-catcher
Nevo Kimchi ... Casualty notification
Ohad Shahar Ohad Shahar ... Ehud
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Summer 1982. With the war raging in Lebanon, 13 year-old Gal works as a postman in a village emptied of men because almost all the male inhabitants have been conscripted to fight at the front. On his daily rounds he meets Haya, a 19 year-old girl suffering from serious heart disease, who finds comfort in writing and receiving letters from the soldiers. Only one soldier, the one who happens to write the most beautiful letters, doesn't send her his photo. The touching character of Haya enchants Gal, who becomes increasingly involved in her life. While she anxiously awaits the photo of the soldier, whom she has never met, Gal realizes that he has found his first love. He shares Haya's heartbreak and decide to try to join the soldier at camp in order to get the guy's picture and personally bring it to the girl who is set to undergo a very delicate operation.

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Summer of '82
27 September 2009 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

While a number of Israeli films have become prominent over the past few years, "Summer Story" somehow fell through the cracks. Perhaps its too small, modest and unpretentious. But that is precisely what makes it such a winning, albeit minor film.

As a summer holiday coming of age story, it's a somewhat innocuous sort of "Summer of 82" – sans the melodrama of the original. Well filmed in what seems to be a small farming community, one gets a strong sense of place in which the story unfolds.

There is a genuineness in all the character portrayal, from the leads to the most minor parts, a sure sign of good direction. Coming of age films tend to work or not, on the strength of the protagonist's acting abilities. First timer Costa Kaplan carries the film effortlessly often underplaying his part and creating a real person, facilitating an empathy vital for films of this nature.

Most pleasing is the avoidance of tragic overtones which may have tempted lesser sure hands. On the contrary, the film is imbued with an offbeat if vague sense of humor. The sheer warmth and honesty of this little film remains with one longer than one may expect.

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Release Date:

25 November 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Sippur Kayitz See more »

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Sumsum Productions See more »
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Dolby SR


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