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The Fifth Heaven (2011)

Ba-rakia ha-hamishi (original title)
Maya, a beautiful, 13, arrives to an orphanage towards the end of World War II. She discovers who her true father is and has a forbidden relationships with an orphanage worker.


Dina Zvi-Riklis


Rahel Eithan (novel), Alma Ganihar | 1 more credit »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Amit Moshkovitz ... Maya Hermoni
Yehezkel Lazarov ... Dov Markovsky
Alena Yiv ... Frida Overbuch
Aki Avni ... Sanya Wolfson
Rotem Zissman-Cohen ... Berta (as Rotem Zussman)
Guy Adler ... Yosef ('Duce')
Tamar Shem Or Tamar Shem Or ... Shoshana
Esti Zakheim ... Pani Pola
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Miller ... Jimmy (as Roi Miller)
Alon Pdut ... Kachka Hermoni
Rafy Rotem ... Radio Newscaster (voice)
Michelle Treves ... Yaffa (Kofale')


Maya, a beautiful, 13, arrives to an orphanage towards the end of World War II. She discovers who her true father is and has a forbidden relationships with an orphanage worker.

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Maya sneaks into Markovsky's office and takes a letter from his desk - the same letter, according to the story, that we saw him put there earlier. But the address on the envelope is different. See more »

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Rushes through a great deal of material, but it's good material
22 September 2012 | by NozzSee all my reviews

Adapted from a book that in turn was adapted from the author's own early life at an orphanage in British Mandatory Palestine, this movie follows the progress of a preteen from new kid to queen bee. That's the underlying arc, but it's visited only occasionally as the movie spends a great deal of time on the adult characters. One of Israel's classic movies, The Summer of Aviya, was about a fatherless little girl who imagines a man living nearby must be her real father. In The Fifth Heaven, the author seems to have turned a similar childhood fantasy into part of the story, as the principal of the orphanage has trouble ignoring the possibility that he may be the little girl's biological father. Another orphanage worker is played by Rotem Zussman, who seems to get all the Israeli cinema's best supporting roles in recent years, or at least she makes them look like the best, and she has an Ophelia scene where she remarks about trees with no roots. That may be a symbolic reference to the community around her, as almost everyone seems to be a refugee from somewhere and the orphans are certainly rootless. Whether there is broader, even political symbolism intended I couldn't say, but there is certainly a depiction of the political and social tension between the violent and nonviolent approach to achieving independence for Israel. I wasn't around at that time of history, but the script-- helped by the props and the award-winning costumes, although there are no street scenes-- seems like a credible snapshot from 1944-1945.

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