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Zinuk BaAlia (2014)

A Comic drama that tells the story of the Geva family - a bourgeois family from Jerusalem. When the mother of the family, Ora, goes into a coma after a car accident, the family members try to bring her back in every way possible.

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Oren Shtern
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Cast

Credited cast:
Romi Aboulafia ... Liat the driving teacher
Shlomo Bar-Aba ... Micha Geva
Albert Iluz ... Director of the school
Mali Levi ... Shlomit Geva
Yossi Marshek ... Moti Gym teacher
Nadia Meirovich Nadia Meirovich ... Nurse
Yifat Mizrahi ... Naama
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... Ahmed
Idit Teperson ... Ora Geva
Itay Tiran ... Ari Geva
Rotem Zissman-Cohen ... Reli (as Rotem Zussman)
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A Comic drama that tells the story of the Geva family - a bourgeois family from Jerusalem. When the mother of the family, Ora, goes into a coma after a car accident, the family members try to bring her back in every way possible.

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Comedy

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

14 August 2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Hill Start See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel

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Budget:

ILS 4,500,000 (estimated)
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Color
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Nice, though I'm not sure what it all centers on
16 August 2014 | by NozzSee all my reviews

A largish, kooky but lovable bunch of people, each with his own eccentricities. It's a difficult recipe to work with. It's old- fashioned. It's Kaufman and Hart. But Israeli cinema returns to it again and again recently-- LOST ISLANDS, THE WORLD IS FUNNY-- and with considerable success. Shlomo Bar-Aba is the big name in this film. He wasn't such a big name in movies until his tour de force in 2011's FOOTNOTE, and oddly (considering that the director claims he thought of Bar-Aba for this part five years ago) he plays a very similar role: a man who's serious and sensitive about his profession, whose son takes up the same profession and doesn't win his father's respect. We don't like the father's gruffness, we don't like the son's passivity, the son is buffaloed into marriage by a fiancée whom the father doesn't like, and we can somewhat agree with the father on that. There's a sister who escapes into a romanticized version of Arabic culture. What's missing is a level-headed protagonist who can represent the audience's point of view, plus a strong central plot thread or obvious theme. ("Everybody learns something," the screenwriter has said. I guess that's there.) But the characters are colorful enough to keep the film enjoyable, Jerusalem photographs very well, and Bar-Aba proves that FOOTNOTE wasn't a fluke while the other actors rise to the occasion as well.


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