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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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Trivia

Neta Riskin and Shira Haas also work together in Shtisel (2013), were they play mother and daughter respectively. See more »

Quotes

Fania Oz: If forced to choose between lying and the ability to cause offense to a person, choose to be generous.
Amos Oz: I'm allowed to lie?
Fania Oz: Sometimes yes. It is better if you're sensitive than direct.
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Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Viacheslav Fetisov/Ladlena Fetisova (2015) See more »

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Amos Sees Arieh
performed by Caitlin Sullivan, Kyle Armbrust
Composed by Nicholas Britell
(P) 2015 Voltage Pictures under exclusive license to Milan Entertainment Inc.
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A very long tale
1 September 2016 | by JankiSharmaSee all my reviews

Natali Portman directed the movie A tale of Love and Darkness centered around a husband, wife and son in Jerusalem. Natalie Portman played the role of Fanna Oz , the wife who is happy to be with her husband and son. Fanna depends on her son's innocence to make her life happy. Fanna has a tendency to go into depressed moods. Though she has borne a son , her mind goes back to her lover's face and she , a mother, suffers from severe depression. The son, Amos Oz played very well by Amir Tessler , watches his mother sitting in a trance, oblivious of his presence. Amos watches and listens to his mother grappling with depression and encouraging her husband who is Amos father to have relationships outside their marriage. Amos sees his dad sharing loving moments with his mom and then watches dad sharing affectionate moments with a total stranger in a cafe. Natalie Portman , plays the role of a depressed woman , very well. the movie needed editing. Some scenes were too long without any substance. The movie is only for 95 minutes (much shorter than Angelina Jolie's directed movie Unbroken 137 minutes). Too long.


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Country:

Israel | USA

Language:

Hebrew | English | Arabic | Russian

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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