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When Eyal finishes the week of mourning for his late son, his wife urges him to return to their routine but instead he gets high with a young neighbor and sets out to discover that there are still things in his life worth living for. Written by
Black Sheep FIlm Productions
I am tempted to write a long explanation and analysis of this
incredible film, but a previous reviewer has done so already. To give
too much away is to spoil the experience that can simply be described
as an off-the-wall treatment of a tragedy. The film portrays a married
couple who lost their son to cancer, and how they handle life once
shiva (the week-long tradition of mourning the dead in the Jewish
religion) is over. The father seems to be deeply depressed and looks
for connection by hanging out with his son's friend who lives next
door. The mother, a teacher who returns to teach school and is sent
right back home, seems to be in shock throughout most of the film. On
paper, this might read like a downbeat film, and it is anything but. It
is quite hilarious. The father returns to the hospice where his son
died to rescue a packet of medical marijuana and cannot role a joint.
The son's friend rolls one in seconds and they both get high. There are
also many poignant moments when these two visit with a young girl whose
mother is at the hospice. All of the elements of comedy and drama are
beautifully balanced. There is not one misstep in the story, dialogue
or pacing of the film; one wants it to go on much longer than it does.
The acting is uniformly excellent, and Polonsky uses widescreen
beautifully to enhance the emotional back and forth of the events he
films. I told Polonsky that he has a great gift. I saw this film
several days ago, and it is still with me. I was delighted to see that
the film will be released on video and streamed in the U.S. once it
makes the rounds of the film festivals. It is the kind of movie where
one can see new things with every viewing, and I can't wait to see it
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