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Mountain (2015)

Ha'har (original title)
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A young Orthodox Jewish woman becomes ensconced in a nocturnal community of prostitutes and drug dealers that congregates in the ancient cemetery atop Jerusalem's Mount of Olives.

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Yaelle Kayam

Writer:

Yaelle Kayam
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Credited cast:
Shani Klein ... Zvia
Avshalom Pollak Avshalom Pollak ... Reuven (as Avshalom Polak)
Hitham Omari ... Abed (as Haitham Ibrahem Omari)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eli Cohen ... Meir
Miki Marmur ... Ronit
Orli Perl ... Miri
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A young Orthodox Jewish woman becomes ensconced in a nocturnal community of prostitutes and drug dealers that congregates in the ancient cemetery atop Jerusalem's Mount of Olives.

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Drama

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More than anything else, lovely to look at
5 April 2020 | by NozzSee all my reviews

The story here is kind of slight, and worst of all it's possible-- particularly on the small screen and in the absence of an explanatory subtitle-- to miss an important incident in the final minutes. But it's a wonderful movie to watch for the play of geometry and for the colors (although at least in the print I saw, several times it seemed as if a strong light off screen was turning on or off). One reviewer mentions the movie's "frankness about its protagonist's un-Hollywood body" as if many people would see it as a minus, but the light and shadow on the musculature of her naked back in one scene make for a marvelous dynamic element in the frame's strongly vertical composition.

If the movie had any kind of commercial release in Israel at all, I guess it didn't last more than a week or two. I saw "The Mountain" in a special web-based showing sponsored by a cinematheque that was closed on account of the coronavirus. The lead actress, Shani Klein, is very well liked in Israel and for me she certainly helped to carry the picture, but it's certainly not a natural crowd-pleaser in terms of laughs or thrills or suspense.


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Country:

Israel | Denmark

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

12 May 2016 (Israel) See more »

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Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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