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Mossad agent Naomi is called back from sick leave and assigned to a "babysitting" job. Under a new identity, she heads to Germany to protect Mona a beautiful Lebanese informant, whom ... See full summary »

Director:

Eran Riklis

Writers:

Eran Riklis (screenplay), Shulamith Hareven (short story "The Link")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Neta Riskin ... Naomi
Golshifteh Farahani ... Mona
Yehuda Almagor Yehuda Almagor ... Avner
Doraid Liddawi ... Naim Quassem
Haluk Bilginer ... Ahmet
Lior Ashkenazi ... Gad
Ronald Kukulies Ronald Kukulies ... Janitor
Mark Waschke ... Bernhard
Dagmar von Kurmin Dagmar von Kurmin ... Frau Herrmann
August Wittgenstein ... Elegant Man
Amit Jacobi Amit Jacobi ... Mossad Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Ali Hamade David Ali Hamade ... Yussef (as David Hamade)
Nikolai Knackmuss Nikolai Knackmuss ... Mickey
Kailas Mahadevan ... Kiosk Owner
Hannes Wegener ... Mossad Agent
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Mossad agent Naomi is called back from sick leave and assigned to a "babysitting" job. Under a new identity, she heads to Germany to protect Mona a beautiful Lebanese informant, whom special agents have pulled from her country and hidden in a Hamburg safe house while she recovers from plastic surgery. Naomi soon learns that Mona is very close to a top Hezbollah leader, a man she betrayed and who is dead-set on exacting revenge. During the two weeks they spend together, an unexpected bond forms between the two women, forged from shared risks and a deep understanding of loss. But in this high-stakes game of deception, questions of fate may be out of their control. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Germany | Israel | France

Language:

English | Hebrew | German | Arabic

Release Date:

25 January 2018 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Refuge See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Life is an island, rocks are its desires
30 January 2018 | by NozzSee all my reviews

The film opens with a quotation from Kahlil Gibran. "Life is an island, rocks are its desires, trees its dreams, and flowers its loneliness, and it is in the middle of an ocean of solitude and seclusion." I'm not sure whether that's the exact translation used in the movie. Anyway, the movie shows us two women secluded in a lonely apartment for a good cinematic reason-- one is an agent assigned to keep the other one safe from the bad guys-- while each of them is intent on not only on surviving but on the goal of pursuing a purposeful parental relationship-- nurturing an island of life-- in the face of the ocean of nihilism symbolized by the betrayals and assassinations accompanying international espionage and terrorism.

Writer/director Eran Riklis compares the film to Bergman's Persona because of the intimacy and tension of the relationship between the two women, but I think a closer comparison might be with Coppola's The Rain People, where a woman unsure of herself as a future mother picks up a hitchhiker and finds herself receiving practice in the task of caring for another person.

When the movie ended, a woman in the theater asked me to take one side or the other in a debate with her friend over what actually had happened during the final minutes. The audience is indeed left with some bits to figure out, but I didn't feel seriously cheated. The production was professional, suspense was maintained continuously, and the music-- even if composer Yehonatan Riklis is, one might guess, some kind of relative of the director-- makes a fine, tasteful, enhancement.


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