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Eli & Ben (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 13 August 2009 (Israel)
The life of the Yassif family becomes almost impossible when the father who is the city architect, is charged with taking bribes.


Ori Ravid


Ori Ravid
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Credited cast:
Lior Ashkenazi ... Ben
Yuval Shevach Yuval Shevach ... Eli (as Yuval Shevah)
Yael Hadar ... Ronit
Nissan Nativ ... Grandfather
Tzahi Grad ... Amos
Adam Kenneth Adam Kenneth ... Rotem
Mili Eshet ... Hilit
Eliran Or-Hen Eliran Or-Hen ... Leibo
Shimon Mimran ... Carmel
Sigalit Fuchs ... Teacher
Shelly Gilor Shelly Gilor ... Shirly
Shmuel Edelman Shmuel Edelman ... School Principal
Asher Tzarfati ... Contractor
Sigalit Tamir Sigalit Tamir ... Rotem's Mother (as Siyalit Tamir)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lior Raz ... Undercover policeman


Ben (Lior Ashkenazi, "Walk on Water") has always affectionately entertained his son Eli's (Yuval Shevakh) mischievous behavior. Their profound connection seems secure as Eli approaches his tumultuous teenager years. But when the police arrest Ben under suspicion of bribery, Eli has to face the possibility that his father is morally fallible. Ravid's film about the conflict between disillusionment and faith delivers a touching story without any simple answers. Written by kirstein-1

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Drama | Family


Not Rated


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Release Date:

13 August 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Илай и Бен See more »

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Production Co:

Inosan productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Undeservedly obscure - a very rich script
17 February 2012 | by NozzSee all my reviews

The script is rich in human relationships, including an unusual number of suspenseful ones where we don't know which direction the character's decision-- even if it's a minor character-- will take the movie in. Much revolves around the hero's best buddy, who is a schoolyard bully and perhaps doesn't deserve his friendship. Who ever heard of a movie hero whose best friend is a bully? Or a movie where ditching your best buddy is an option? But the little hero, Eli, finds that in his upscale neighborhood corruption and intimidation are far from unknown. In fact, maybe his father doesn't exactly deserve to be his father. Maybe Eli doesn't deserve his girlfriend. Things, as Eli says near the start of the movie, are beginning to fall apart, and he's a little young for saving the day; he doesn't even drink coffee yet. I'm surprised that the film wasn't more successful commercially. Maybe the problem is that the worst thing about it is the title. The fact that the father's name is Ben-- which means "son" in Hebrew and evidently is a comment on how he is cornered by his own father, his own son, and his own immaturity-- makes for a spot of confusion, as does the other half of the title, the son's unusual name, which needs extra punctuation to even be pronounced correctly in Hebrew.

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