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The Other Son (2012)

Le fils de l'autre (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 4 April 2012 (France)
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Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Director:

Lorraine Lévy

Writers:

Noam Fitoussi (original idea), Lorraine Lévy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Devos ... Orith Silberg
Pascal Elbé ... Alon Silberg
Jules Sitruk ... Joseph Silberg
Mehdi Dehbi ... Yacine Al Bezaaz
Areen Omari ... Leïla Al Bezaaz
Khalifa Natour ... Saïd Al Bezaaz
Mahmud Shalaby ... Bilal Al Bezaaz (as Mahmood Shalabi)
Bruno Podalydès Bruno Podalydès ... David
Ezra Dagan ... Le rabbin
Tamar Shem Or Tamar Shem Or ... Yona
Tomer Offner ... Ilan (as Tomer Ofner)
Noa Manor Noa Manor ... Ethel
Shira Naor ... Lisa
Diana Zriek Diana Zriek ... Amina
Marie Wisselmann Marie Wisselmann ... Keren
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Storyline

Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two families divided by fate. United by understanding.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, brief language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

4 April 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Son See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,691, 28 October 2012

Gross USA:

$1,285,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,446,039
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not a feel good, but not a feel bad either; about an impossible situation
3 June 2013 | by darcymooreSee all my reviews

I'd reached the point some time ago where I stopped watching films about the holocaust and the intractable Palestine-Israel situation. Then I saw a review of this film that suggested something other than bleak, bleak, bleak and get out the razor for humanity's wrist. So I watched it.

It took the life-affirming premise that even in the worst of situations, which the dispossessed Palestinians have been enduring for more than 60 years, people generally want to live, laugh, have friends, love and, most of all, stay alive. Strapping explosives to your chest is NOT the norm there, even for impressionable young men.

What I saw was a very human story of parents and children trying to come to terms with a sudden reversal of reality. Messy, untidy, forcing a rethink of lifelong prejudices in the face of a farcical bureaucratic mix-up.

The mothers ache with a visceral sense of loss. The fathers quietly rage (and in one sequence not so quietly) in their dumbfoundment. The kid sisters take people as they find them. The boys are stupefied .. to begin with. Then the everyday takes over. Having to absorb it all, then go on living. And all get wiser, a little more worldly, a little less inclined to stereotype. A little richer.

Unlikely? I don't think so. As has often been observed, "Travel broadens the mind." And there's nothing like a good emotional somersault to do exactly that. People can and do change. It didn't feel like a film, more like watching through hidden cameras as life unfolds.


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