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The Ballad of the Weeping Spring (2012)

Balada le'aviv ha'bohe (original title)
Jossef Tawila, the legendary tar player of the band Ensemble Tourqouise along with Avram Mufradi composed the Crying Spring Symphony. In the debut evening of the symphony's playing a car ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Uri Gavriel ... Jossef Tawila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yigal Adika ... Nisso the bartender
Lirit Balaban ... Rivka Azizo
Yaffa Tussiya Cohen ... Sarina
Asher Dagan Asher Dagan ... Asher
Yonatan Dani Yonatan Dani ... Jacob the shark
Peri Bar Delshdefer Peri Bar Delshdefer ... Shaul
Dikla ... Bruria (as Dikla Dori)
Mark Eliyahu Mark Eliyahu ... Darwish
Galit Giat ... Sima
Adar Gold ... Tamara
Eli Habakouk ... Yigal Azizo (as Eli Havakok)
Ra'anan Hefetz ... Salman
Ishtar ... Margaret
Uri Klauzner ... Bad luck Shimon
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Jossef Tawila, the legendary tar player of the band Ensemble Tourqouise along with Avram Mufradi composed the Crying Spring Symphony. In the debut evening of the symphony's playing a car accident occurred, as Tawila fell during driving, killing two of the orchestra's members. Surviving the accident, Tawila, Avram Mufradi and Margaret (Tawila's spouse, being the band's singer), who turned to a wheel chair invalid. Tawila is judges and sentences for a few imprisonment years. After his release from jail he abandons his beloved one and music, opens a pub and sinks into a depression. The movie describes the happenings twenty years after the accident. One day on Tawila's threshold appears Amram, Avram Mufradi's son, telling him his father is dying of cancer and asking him to complete assemble an ensemble that will play The Crying Spring Symphony. Tawila decides to make his old friend's last wish come true and goes out to extract the best players for an ensemble to play the piece before his ... Written by ATaler

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6 December 2012 (Israel) See more »

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Balada LaAviv HaBohe See more »

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The music, the lead actor, and the curious setting hold interest
11 December 2012 | by NozzSee all my reviews

The trailer for "Ballad of the Weeping Spring" arouses curiosity by starting with an electric bass that echoes forth the opening notes of the Theme from Exodus. One of those musical coincidences, you wonder, or do they really plan to work the Theme from Exodus into a movie about something else entirely? The answer is that the movie itself never includes those bass notes, but it does include a great deal of pleasant ethnic music and the characters are almost all musicians (although sometimes the actors seem to be performing out of synch with the soundtrack). The music carries you painlessly through a melodramatic and somewhat predictable plot that revolves largely around lead actor Uri Gavriel and the only slightly less craggy-looking-- but deadly, as it turns out-- hills of rural Israel. Gavriel, who graduated from years of playing forbidding tough guys, knows which of his many facial wrinkles to twist for every scene. The plot has been compared to The Magnificent Seven-- but many other movies could have been invoked, even The Blues Brothers-- in that it consists of rounding up a dream team, partly veterans and partly new guys, to fulfill a mission. The quest takes us through a curiously antique Israel: although the male romantic lead seems to have come more or less out of the present-- he would rather program a synthesizer than play an oud-- the houses are all of stone and we never see a cell phone or a computer. Judging from the vehicles people drive and the transistor radio someone listens to, not to mention a tabletop film projector, we could be in the sixties although the film never announces it. Or it could just be a re-imagination of the present with certain things curiously missing-- like Arabs, apartment houses, TV, street signs, and Ashkenazic Orthodox Jews-- and with certain curious additions such as Sicilian-looking hats for almost all the men. Anyway, the film holds interest and there's never been another one quite like it.


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