A young officer returns to his base after a daring mission. The cook's assistant, a religious Holocaust survivor, is envious of him. He believes that there is a place in heaven reserved for...
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A young officer returns to his base after a daring mission. The cook's assistant, a religious Holocaust survivor, is envious of him. He believes that there is a place in heaven reserved for the brave officer who endangers his life for the sake of his Jewish brethren. The officer, in the spirit of the Zionist ethos, is secular and a non-believer. At the moment, he is so hungry that, for a plate of shaksuka, he is prepared to sign a contract transferring his secured place in heaven to the cook. Some forty years later, the present time of the movie, the tables have turned - the officer, now a retired general, is on his death bed in the hospital. His son who, to his father's horror, has found religion, is in a race against time. Before his father dies, he has to find that cook's assistant who, forty years earlier, bought his place in heaven. If and when he finds him, the son has to nullify the contract. If he doesn't, his father will go to hell.Written by
Israel Film Fund
The film was screened at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Right from the start there is a link to biblical mythology. The story-line is moving and captivating. It is intricate, and laced with traditions, the clash between the religious and non-religious people in Israel, complex family relations, soldiers in battle, as well as the place of the Russian immigrants in society.
The story is about an Israeli Captain in the army who cares for his soldiers and is admired by them. But the hero makes a big mistake It is also a love story in which a war hero is willing to work for his loved-one's father, doing dirty work, for a whole year, to get permission to marry her. The importance of the "Kaddish" prayer traditionally said by a son, or a male member of the family, and the fact that not carrying out an old man's last request entails a punishment, gives the story a further mythological twist.
The performance of the main Character played by Alon Aboutboul was superb. In fact the whole cast gave a good performance from start to finish.
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