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Alex, a young woman aged 18, lives with her mother in Arad, a small town in the middle of the desert near the Dead Sea. One day her mother disappears without a word of explanation. Abandoned, Alex must now get by alone. But when she creeps into the houses at night, it's not so much to steal money but to appropriate the intimacy of others and their lives.
Nominated for the Tiger Competition 2017 in Rotterdam, but disappointed me fully due to many confusing illogicalities in the story. I still don't know what it was all about
Saw this at the Rotterdam film festival 2017 (website: iffr.com), where it was selected for the Hivos Tiger Award Competition. Being selected as one of the only eight nominees for this competition, gives rise to expectations. But alas, I cannot think of any reason why this movie deserved such a prestigious place.
The story contained so much illogical steps that I must conclude that I missed something important. Especially her flirtation with the geologist, who even followed her on one of her burglary excursions and brought her home afterwards. And why she picked that one house to break in is still a mystery. Further, her burglary activities were far from successful, and she even took great risks for being caught in the act by staying in the house even in cases where inhabitants proved present. The synopsis on the festival website suggested that she did not want to steal anything especially, but instead wanted to (I quote) "secretly sample other lives".
Contradicting stories about mother (we see her never returning a call) and an uncle (mother told him to have called back repeatedly, and that Yaeli ignored these calls). In the finale we hear the story of her mother and what kept her away, but I did not get what it was all about and what it will mean for their future relationship. And similarly, I'm at a loss what her intentions were with the leopard, entering the cage a few times and even taking a walk outside with the animal on a leash. Finally, a meta confusion is that this movie does not appear in the final listing for the audience award, so we'll never know that the average festival visitor thought about it.
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