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Youth (2013)

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Two brothers kidnap a schoolmate to contribute to the family's income.


Tom Shoval


Tom Shoval (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Eitan Cunio Eitan Cunio ... Shaul Cooper
David Cunio David Cunio ... Yaki Cooper
Moshe Ivgy ... Moti Cooper
Shirili Deshe ... Paula Cooper
Gita Amely Gita Amely ... Dafna Edelman
Uri Hochman
Alexander Peleg ... Shalom
Noa Koler ... Esti
Gilad Kletter Gilad Kletter ... Eli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Revital Iyov Revital Iyov ... Girl
Yogev Yefet Yogev Yefet ... Base Commander


Yaki and Shaul are two teenage brothers who share a strong, almost telepathic connection. Their family is suffering from an overgrowing debt, which has caused their father to fall into a deep depression. The brothers feel that they can't just stand on the sidelines while their family falls apart. Till recently, they were helpless. But now with Yaki's enlistment to the army, like every other 18 year old Israeli boy, he is given a rifle. This rifle gives the brothers the power they need to act and at once they are transformed from helpless teenagers into men.

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Doesn't take off
24 April 2020 | by NozzSee all my reviews

"Youth" begins well and ends well. The filmmakers had the smart idea that a caper movie doesn't necessarily need to include a whole section about the planning of the caper. Why not just let the audience find out about it as it happens? Cool. In this case, a couple of brothers carry out a kidnapping, and they're played by real brothers. Also cool, except-- this may be a strange complaint-- they look a little too much alike. It helps that one of them is often in military uniform, but still we don't get as much of a sense of their separate personalities as the filmmakers wanted. And the sense of any arc that they and their victim go through is also too faint. Their difference in class could also have been better portrayed as an element of the dynamic. (As is, it revolves almost entirely around the quality of her mobile phone.) But the script regains its elegance at the end with a worthy twist and a touch of unfinished business.

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21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Petah-Tikvah, Israel

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