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Next to Her (2014)

Cheli, 27, is raising her mentally challenged 24yo sister, Gaby, alone. When the social worker finds out that Cheli leaves Gaby alone in the house while Cheli is at work, Cheli is compelled... See full summary »

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Asaf Korman
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9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Liron Ben-Shlush ... Chelli
Dana Ivgy ... Gabby
Yaakov Zada Daniel ... Zohar
Sophia Ostrisky ... Sveta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Varda Ben Hur ... Shosh
Liat Goren ... Shifra
Carmit Mesilati Kaplan Carmit Mesilati Kaplan ... Jenny
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Storyline

Cheli, 27, is raising her mentally challenged 24yo sister, Gaby, alone. When the social worker finds out that Cheli leaves Gaby alone in the house while Cheli is at work, Cheli is compelled to place Gaby in a day program. For the first time in her life, Cheli shares Gaby's care with someone else; her daily routine collapses and the huge void left by Gaby's absence makes room for a man in Cheli's life in the shape of Zohar, who inadvertently creates a chink in the sisters' symbiotic relationship. While Cheli hangs on to Zohar's love for all she's worth, her inability to have a normal, intimate, and emotional relationship with anyone but her sister forces them into a twisted threesome, where boundaries between love, sacrifice, nurturing, and torturing are crossed. Written by Liron Ben-Shlush

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Drama

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Based on the real-life experience of Liron Ben-Shlush (who plays Chelli) with her real life sister, who suffers from development issues. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Back of the Nation: Episode #1.3 (2015) See more »

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At Li Layla
Performed by Dana Ivgy
Lyrics by Boaz Sharabi
Music by Boaz Sharabi
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Israeli film of the unusual bond between two sisters.
12 May 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

This is a film about Chelli who is looking after her mentally challenged sister both are in their twenties. Chelli works as a security guard at a local school and so has to leave Gabby alone which is not a god idea. Their mother has remarried and seems to want to wash her hands of her past life and indeed the woes that it brought.

Then Chelli meets a supply teacher called Zohar and her life seems to improve but the bond that she has with her younger sister and the intimacy they share is going to be a problem for all going forward.

Now this is an extremely well made and acted film. There are scenes that some will find upsetting and there are themes that are somewhat dark. However, this is a very compelling and convincing portrayal of a very unusual situation. Filmed in Hebrew and running to 89 minutes; this is a film that trades on the twists so you may want to consider streaming or renting as an option. A film for people who like World Cinema for all the many shades of 'different' that it can bring.


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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

8 January 2015 (Israel) See more »

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At Li Layla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,575
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2.35 : 1
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