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Youth (2013)

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

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Tom Shoval

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Tom Shoval (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
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 Uri Hochman
Alexander Peleg
Noa Koler ... (as Noa Kooler)
Gilad Kletter Gilad Kletter
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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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Hebrew | English

Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hanoar See more »

Filming Locations:

Petah-Tikvah, Israel

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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Kidnapping for idiots 101
13 October 2013 | by AbsinthevideoSee all my reviews

I saw this in a film festival recently, and for a directorial debut thought it was a good thriller with assertive direction and a tense plot.

However - you cannot help but be annoyed and marvelled at all times by the sheer stupidity shown by the two protagonists; it is realistic at times and at other times not. A certain and highly implausible scene on a bus early in the film nearly ruined that sense of realism for me, but otherwise the movie kept everything pretty real in the sense that the two brothers are merely amateurs and hadn't planned things properly. Performances are good, but due to the nature of the story it is difficult to have any empathy with the characters, and you cant but help to chuckle and be relieved over their shortcomings.

There is some sense of social critique under it all, but (un)fortunately this is never delved too much into in order to fully justify their actions; the director has been less interested in motivations and character background, more interested in minute details of the crime and the act of kidnapping someone, leaving us pondering over the why's until the very end.


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