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The Other Son (2012)

Le fils de l'autre (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 4 April 2012 (France)
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Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Director:

Lorraine Lévy

Writers:

Noam Fitoussi (original idea), Lorraine Lévy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Devos ... Orith Silberg
Pascal Elbé ... Alon Silberg
Jules Sitruk ... Joseph Silberg
Mehdi Dehbi ... Yacine Al Bezaaz
Areen Omari ... Leïla Al Bezaaz
Khalifa Natour ... Saïd Al Bezaaz
Mahmud Shalaby ... Bilal Al Bezaaz (as Mahmood Shalabi)
Bruno Podalydès Bruno Podalydès ... David
Ezra Dagan ... Le rabbin
Tamar Shem Or Tamar Shem Or ... Yona
Tomer Offner ... Ilan (as Tomer Ofner)
Noa Manor Noa Manor ... Ethel
Shira Naor ... Lisa
Diana Zriek Diana Zriek ... Amina
Marie Wisselmann Marie Wisselmann ... Keren
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Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two families divided by fate. United by understanding.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, brief language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

4 April 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Son See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,691, 28 October 2012

Gross USA:

$1,285,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,446,039
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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'We are all human, we can all be family.'
15 September 2013 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

While the world continues to struggle to understand the constant schism between Palestine and Israel and yet permutations of that unsettled hot fire whose coals continue to smolder between aggressive flares, along comes a film such as this one - THE OTHER SON or Le fils de l'autre - and provides some insights that at least for the moment offer a better understanding of a very long struggle. Based on an idea by Noam Fitoussi who wrote the screenplay with Director Lorraine Lévy and Nathalie Saugeon, this is a gentle film about resolution of conflict - at least on the family level. It is a French production filmed in the West Bank and Israel under the sensitive direction of Lorraine Lévy.

It's not uncommon for those who rightly resent being biologically categorized on government questionnaires, to defiantly write in 'human' when asked to indicate their race. And the same holds true in its own compelling but curious way for the switched at birth DNA-driven identity crisis drama, The Other Son.

The relative stability of the two families in question - the Israeli Silbergs (Emmanuelle Devos and Pascal Elbéand) the Palestinian Al Bezaaz (Areen Omari, Khalifa Natourkin, and older son Mahmud Shalaby) in the West Bank - is shaken up when eighteen year old Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) puts his musical aspirations on hold to report for mandatory military duty. But an army blood test confirms that he could not be the child of his parents, an odd stratagem, that a military on such permanent alert would be so thorough, especially since Joseph's father is a high ranking commander. But during a Gulf War missile attack near the Haifa hospital where Joseph was born, a Palestinian mother gave birth at the same time. And in the ensuing confusion, the babies must have been released to the wrong women. Joseph's distraught parents first waver, then seek out the Al Bezaaz family. And Yacine (Medhi Dehbi), their designated 'other son' in question, who has returned home for a visit from his medical school studies in France. While alternately fearful and hopeful mixed emotions become entangled, compounded by a profound cultural divide along with two fathers into deeply disapproving denial. Yet it is the coming together of the three 'brothers' that offers a ray of nope that in time this festering conundrum may be resolved.

The cast is splendid, especially Jules Sitruk and Medhi Dehbi whose humanity holds the story together. Highly recommended. In French, English, Arabic, and Hebrew with subtitles.

Grady Harp


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