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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,160,773, 28 December 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The title can be "The other parents" or "The other self" too
13 January 2014 | by shi612See all my reviews

Baby switching error at hospital is the same motif with "Like Father, Like Son", but these movies have completely different viewpoints. In case of "Like Father, Like Son", as the wrongly switched children are still very young, the story is told from the parents viewpoint. The key question asked in the movie is: what makes the parent-child relationship true, under the biological relationship is denied. On the other hand, in case of "The Other Son", the wrongly switched children are already 18 years old, intelligent, tough-to-fudge youths. Furthermore, one is a Jew and the other is a Palestinian. Therefore, in this movie the story is told from both of parents' and children's viewpoints, more on the children's viewpoint. Thus, the title of the movie can be "The other parents" or "The other self" too.

In general, in the movies where a family faces an extraordinary problem, fathers are less reliable than mothers. In this movie too, the first reaction of the two fathers is to deny the fact. They try to think as if nothing happened. Mothers, however, immediately face the issue, share empathy with the other. Well, I am a man, but I have to agree with this development. The plot is simple. Both parents do not have complicated private background. Still, this is a heart-moving one. The most impressing scene for me was that Joshua suddenly sings at the dinner. Is it a Palestinian song?


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