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When they move to Israel to explore their Jewish heritage and revive their flagging marriage, fifty something French emigres Alain and Gisele Gaash arrive in Tel Aviv to find their luggage lost, their apartment gone and Alain's new job taken.Written by
I can't understand why this movie is only rated 5.1 here. It's a great movie. I saw it because I am a big fan of Depardieu, and I'm very glad I watched it. He's paired with a top-notch French actress, their third movie together. In the film they have a successful marriage, and on screen they are great together, great chemistry, with all the ups and downs of a marriage that has lasted 25 years. He's a successful, contented gynecologist; she's apparently never worked, "only" raised a son, who's getting married. She wants a life change, that's the major impetus for the movie. As anyone can read in the description, eventually they immigrate to Israel. Of course they are Jewish, and that plays a sizable role in the movie.
The script is quite good, quite realistic, though some of what happens from the time they enter Israel to live there seemed a bit overdone. For example, I wonder if Israel really has so many gynecologists, or this was just the writer using artistic license.
There are some great actors in this movie in addition to the leads. I like French, so I didn't mind that so many (I assume) French actors were hired for the scenes filmed in Israel.
This movie has a lot of "extras," and by extra I mean scenes and short moments where we see actors whom we see only once, and only for a short time. These "vignettes" generally don't add to the story line, they are there for effect - in a movie like this usually for comedic effect. They can add or subtract from the entertainment value of the movie. As well they can give us a break from concentrating on the (main) story. Having said all of this and maybe having rambled a bit, let me say that the "extras" in this movie are great. The many actors all do a very good job, and the movie was more enjoyable to me.
Finally, the extra on the dvd is exclusively an interview with the lead actress. I found it very interesting and informative.
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