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A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)

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The story of Amos Oz's youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell become the stories we live.

Director:

Natalie Portman

Writers:

Natalie Portman (screenplay by), Amos Oz (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Fania
Gilad Kahana ... Arieh
Amir Tessler ... Amos
Moni Moshonov ... Old Amos (voice)
Ohad Knoller ... Israel Zarchi
Makram Khoury ... Al Hilwani (as Makram J. Khoury)
Neta Riskin ... Haya
Alexander Peleg ... Old Amos (as Alex Peleg)
Rotem Keinan ... Tsvi
Tomer Capon ... The Pioneer (as Tomer Kapon)
Yonaton Shiray ... Teenage Amos (as Yonatan Shiray)
Vladimir Friedman ... Mr. Licht
Henry David ... Colonel Jan
Dina Doron ... Grandma Klausner (as Dina Doronne)
Itzchak Peker Itzchak Peker ... Grandpa Klausner (as Itzhak Peker)
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Based on the international best-seller by Amos Oz, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is the story of his youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell, become the stories we live. Written by Studio

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Israel | USA

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une histoire d'amour et de ténèbres See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,170, 19 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$569,381, 2 October 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Portman said that Terrence Malick's advice for her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)] was 'Make films your way and don't let anyone tell you that you need a three-act structure. You just make movies as you experience life.' [Indiewire 2016] See more »

Quotes

Fania Oz: If forced to choose between lying and the ability to cause offense to a person, choose to be generous.
Amos Oz: I'm allowed to lie?
Fania Oz: Sometimes yes. It is better if you're sensitive than direct.
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Soundtracks

Opening Music
Performed by Caitlin Sullivan, Kyle Armbrust
Composed by Nicholas Britell
(P) 2015 Voltage Pictures under exclusive license to Milan Entertainment Inc.
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an extraordinary debut. Memorable, haunting, beautiful and true.
12 September 2015 | by gisele-27273See all my reviews

This is a beautifully made film.Its slow pace at times matches with integrity the focus chosen by Portman, one of many interpretive avenues that could be pursued. I find it idiotic for critics to keep saying that "it's not like the book"or describe it as "dreary". I see it as a marvelous visual transcription, its development towards the end seemingly as inevitable as the last movement of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony. Portman recreated an entire era,offered original visual interpretations and the casting ( including her own acting) is memorable. I feel very lucky to have seen this movie before reading the book. I feel I can comprehend the movie on its own merits,and it will augment my appreciation of the book. It will be remembered as one of the best Israeli films based on great literature. An extraordinary debut for Natalie Portman.


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