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Jaffa (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 June 2009 (France)
In the city of Jaffa; a young girl plans to run away with her secret lover, when a tragedy forever changes the course of their lives.


Keren Yedaya


Illa Ben Porat (collaboration), Keren Yedaya
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Credited cast:
Dana Ivgy ... Mali Wolf
Moni Moshonov ... Reuven Wolf
Ronit Elkabetz ... Osnat 'Ossi' Wolf
Mahmud Shalaby ... Toufik
Hussein Yassin Mahajne Hussein Yassin Mahajne ... Hassan
Roy Assaf ... Meir Wolf
Lili Ivgy ... Shiran Wolf
Zenabh Mahrab Zenabh Mahrab ... Naima
Suma Zenabh Suma Zenabh ... Evtesam
Dalia Beger ... Aunt Suzi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nahman Ashkenazi Nahman Ashkenazi ... Le client du garage
Amir Busheri Amir Busheri ... Le 2ème frère d'Ossi (as Amir Bushari)
Moris Cohen ... Le 1er frère d'Ossi (as Morris Cohen)
Lizi Goren Lizi Goren ... La soeur de Reuven
Solita Hadad Solita Hadad ... La mère d'Ossi


In the heart of Jaffa, Reuven's garage is a family business. His daughter Mali and his son Meir, as well as Toufik, a young Palestinian, work there. No one suspects that Mali and Toufik have been in love for years. As the two lovers are secretly making their wedding arrangements, tension builds between Meir and Toufik. Written by Keren Yedaya

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Ronit Elkabetz and Dana Ivgy also played mother and daughter in Keren Yedaya's previous movie Or (My Treasure) (2004). See more »

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finely crafted moving story
28 March 2011 | by dangabrielSee all my reviews

The title, Jaffa, gives us only a location. In the suburbs of Tel-Aviv, Jaffa is a place of biblical mention, there are some saying it is derived from the name Japheth, son of Noah. It currently has a mixed population, more than a third are Israeli Arabs.

Keren Yedaya gifts us again a remarkable experience, presenting a difficult moral story from a neutral point of view, unbiased and yet strongly moving. The script is by Yedaya and Ben Porat, the cast is -as most Israeli movies-impeccable. Dana Ivgy, Ronit Elkabetz (an amazing bandwidth actress, "Late Marriage"2001 "The Band's visit"-2007), Ro'i Asaf, Mahmoud Shalaby give solidly credible performances. Whichever side of the story you may be, either the touching romance against all odds or the practical considerations of secular enmity, at the end you will reflect at length, and be enriched by this film.

With precise timing and increasing emotional leverage, Yedaya mounts a gradual increase in tension, a catastrophe and then gives us more: the wonderful struggle within the future mother. Mali (Dana Ivgy) is caught between her family, her religion and her other family, the one she dreamed of creating... but she must tell her parents about the child's father.

Scenes of great emotional intensity are shot in vignettes brimming with concealed pain... At the end of the film, the debate is far from close, but the hope, the child of both Israeli and Arab is something we have in front of us, unmistakenly. Great music by Shushan runs plangently through the end credits, rightly nominated to a Camera d'Or at Cannes film festival.

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10 June 2009 (France) See more »

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