Sad Sarah, the harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic ,is married to Abraham the conductor of the orchestra. They have no children. When Hagar, a young horn-player from East Jerusalem joins the Western side Orchestra, Sarah's world changes. The two women are irresistibly attracted to each other, developing a unique friendship that is challenged when Hagar offers Sarah to have a baby for her, from Abraham. When the baby is born, Hagar leaves the orchestra and the newborn child with Sarah and Abraham. Twelve years pass. Ben is 12, a phenomenal pianist, yet wild and uncontrollable. Ben resists all his mother's (Sarah) efforts to impose discipline upon him. Something is wrong, he feels it deep inside. At the same time Sarah gets pregnant at her late forties, and gives birth to Isaac. When Isaac is 3, it is the right time for Hagar to return to the orchestra. The reunion of Hagar and Sarah is sweet yet sour. Ben was never told the truth about the way he was brought to the world. When the ...
Sort of an allegory on a tale from the Old Testament set as contemporary. That was fine; well written & acted. I take issue w/the pollyannaish ending & glossing over, if not ignoring, intelligently addressing a troubled youth. Despite the most loving, supportive parents their rebellious son comes within seconds of killing his infant half brother; mostly out of spite. There seems to be no lesson presented or learned to address his mental state & likely consequences especially as he grows older.
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