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Beyond the Mountains and Hills (2016)

Me'Ever Laharim Vehagvaot (original title)
Returning to civilian life after twenty-seven years in the army isn't as easy as David had hoped. It's hard to re-establish daily contact with his family, with the dimension of his home and... See full summary »


Eran Kolirin


Eran Kolirin
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Credited cast:
Alon Pdut ... David / Husband
Shiree Nadav-Naor Shiree Nadav-Naor ... Rina / Wife
Mili Eshet ... Yifat / Daughter
Noam Imber ... Omri / Son
Yoav Rotman ... Evyatar / Rina's student
Mohamed Naama ... Ayman / Arab man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ala Dakka ... Imad / Ayman's boyfriend
Jonathan Dekel ... Boss
Oneg Efron Oneg Efron ... Elisha / Yifat's friend
Revital Iyov Revital Iyov ... Fairuz / Singer
Suzanna Papian ... Dikla / Investigator
Naama Preis ... Salesgirl in bookstore
Shani Rotenberg


Returning to civilian life after twenty-seven years in the army isn't as easy as David had hoped. It's hard to re-establish daily contact with his family, with the dimension of his home and, above all, with the new Israel, an ultra-competitive society obsessed with success. Thus, the opportunity to join a company which produces nutritional supplements seems like a possible escape to be seized without hesitation. But David doesn't know how much his country has changed. Written by Torino Film Festival

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Despite premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, the film was not released theatrically in France, premiering instead on television in 2019. See more »

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Odd pieces that somehow do fit together
21 February 2017 | by NozzSee all my reviews

Eran Kolerin's previous film, The Exchange, had to do (if I understood it at all, and maybe I didn't) with intentionally attacking the connection between people and their context. In this new one, a man is dislodged from his context-- he retires from his job in the standing army-- and he finds himself a bit of a stranger among his family. His daughter, his wife, and his son all have secrets from him although each of them also reflects an aspect of his own tendencies. The scenes of the film are paced in surprising ways. Some moments last longer than a viewer would normally expect, others are cut off abruptly, and sometimes the film skips moments that we might expect to see. A soundtrack that repeatedly returns to Israeli consensus music, the great Israeli songbook, sometimes sounds ironic against the edgy conflict-ridden situations but also recalls the film's epigraph, in which poet David Avidan remarks that we have nowhere else to go-- meaning not just as a nation among nations, but also as individuals among the vicissitudes of life. The movie leaves some matters unresolved, and it certainly doesn't follow anything like the clean arc of Kolerin's most popular movie, The Band's Visit, but it implies, in a more hopeful way than The Exchange did, that whatever may happen to you or around you, you can decide to define yourself apart from it.

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9 February 2017 (Israel) See more »

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Modi'in, Israel


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