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A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)

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The story of Amos Oz's youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell become the stories we live.

Director:

Natalie Portman

Writers:

Natalie Portman (screenplay by), Amos Oz (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Fania
Gilad Kahana ... Arieh
Amir Tessler ... Amos
Moni Moshonov ... Old Amos (voice)
Ohad Knoller ... Israel Zarchi
Makram Khoury ... Al Hilwani (as Makram J. Khoury)
Neta Riskin ... Haya
Alexander Peleg ... Old Amos (as Alex Peleg)
Rotem Keinan ... Tsvi
Tomer Capon ... The Pioneer (as Tomer Kapon)
Yonaton Shiray ... Teenage Amos (as Yonatan Shiray)
Vladimir Friedman ... Mr. Licht
Henry David ... Colonel Jan
Dina Doron ... Grandma Klausner (as Dina Doronne)
Itzchak Peker Itzchak Peker ... Grandpa Klausner (as Itzhak Peker)
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Based on the international best-seller by Amos Oz, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is the story of his youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell, become the stories we live. Written by Studio

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Israel | USA

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Love and Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,170, 21 August 2016

Gross USA:

$572,212

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$724,885
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Portman's directorial debut. See more »

Quotes

Fania Oz: If you have to choose between telling a lie or insulting someone, choose to be generous.
Amos Oz: I'm allowed to lie?
Fania Oz: Sometimes... yes. It's better to be sensitive to be honest.
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Soundtracks

Main Theme in F# / Poème in F#
performed by Nicholas Britell and Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev
Composed by Nicholas Britell
(P) 2015 Voltage Pictures under exclusive license to Milan Entertainment Inc.
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A Moving and Artistic Film
25 December 2016 | by Moviegoer19See all my reviews

I have not read the book upon which the film was based, so my comments are purely on the film. Maybe fifteen or twenty minutes in I was thinking, okay, what's going on here? Why should I care about this story and these characters? As I continued to watch my caring about the characters and their story increased, until, by the end, I was very moved and cared deeply.

At some point beyond halfway, I thought the greatest feat here is the creation of mood, not only of the characters but of the whole world presented in the film, and then, transferred to me, by virtue of my watching and listening to it. It's a visual and auditory feast.

A lot happens in this film, both personally and historically, but ultimately what I was left with was a sense of a man recalling his childhood and the emotion that he carried with him through his life. As other reviewers have indicated, it's a poetic film, and I wound up absorbing it the way I might a poem. And in that way, it worked beautifully.


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