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Baba Joon (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | October 2015 (Israel)
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The son of a family of Iranian farmers in Israel rebels against his strong-willed father.


Yuval Delshad


Yuval Delshad
5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Navid Negahban ... Itzhak
Asher Avrahami ... Moti
David Diaan ... Dariush
Rafael Eliasi Rafael Eliasi ... Baba
Viss Elliot Safavi ... Sarah
Iraj Aghakhani Iraj Aghakhani ... Rahamim (as Iraj 'Ilan' Aghajani)
Avraham Bar-Orion ... Shukri
David Ben-Avraham David Ben-Avraham ... Moti's teacher
Ilan Shani Ilan Shani ... Equipment Store Salesperson
Orli Magen Orli Magen ... Shukri's Wife


Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built with his own two hands after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade, hoping that he will continue the proud family tradition. But Moti doesn't like working in the turkey barn; his passion is fixing up junkyard cars and bringing them back to life. Moti's mother Sarah tries to reconcile between the two, while his grandfather pushes Yitzhak to take a firm hand with his son. Yitzhak takes Moti's refusal to work in the turkey barn as a personal rejection. Though he loves his son dearly, he makes it his mission to impose the family farm on Moti. The arrival of Darius, the uncle from America, sets off a chain of events that will undermine the familial harmony. Soon enough Yitzhak will learn that his son is just as stubborn as he is. The conflict is inevitable. Written by Yuval Delshad

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Israel's first-ever Persian-language film. See more »


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Written by Hadi Jafari Rodsari and Eyal Saeed Mani
Translated from Farsi by Rachman Chaim
Performed by Eyal Saeed Mani
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Succeeds on its own small scale
10 October 2015 | by NozzSee all my reviews

It's been a while since I saw an Israeli film set in the present day. Almost all Israeli films need government financing (since the local market is so small), so fashions are largely determined by the preferences of the government committee. But I think that the many recent Israeli films set a generation or two ago, often with an emphasis on the ethnic traditions of various immigrant communities, may be a reaction to the population's feeling of rushing into a homogenized modernity that threatens people's sense of identity.

Officially voted best Israeli film of 2015, Baba Joon portrays three generations of a Persian-Israeli family. The grandfather established a turkey farm, the grandson has no interest in it, and the father is stuck in the middle, committed to his son but to the farm as well. Much of the movie is taken up with escalating episodes of defiance from the son and pained, angry reactions from the father-- maybe more episodes than necessary. A further plot thread and a few more characters would have been welcome, to open out the film a little and give the family drama some concurrent themes to reflect against. But my wife who grew up on a similar Israeli farm says the authenticity is perfect, and inside that small environment the affection and tension among the family members comes across excellently.

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October 2015 (Israel) See more »

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