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Shelter (2017)

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:

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Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,632
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Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Same Old Story, Different Genders
13 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mossad agent Neta Riskin is sent to a Hamburg safe house to babysit Golshifteh Farahani. Fahahani is the former lover of a Hezbollah leader. She has been selling information to Israel for years. Now, however, she is pausing on a flight to Canada, while her plastic surgery heals, rendering her unrecognizable; as Miss Riskin's boss says, "We take care of our own." Yet as the two women wrangle, then ultimately bond, Miss Riskin begins to wonder who decides who "our own" is.

The, dreary world of grotty safe houses and betrayals that spy movies became after the 1960s "too cool for school" school triggered by the James Bond movies was a necessary corrective. Inevitably it got tangled up with the anti-government school of thought, leaving us with yet another subgenre that still needs its own corrections. This movie, well acted though it is, is shot in dreary light and despite good acting, seems to be more a matter of gender equality than seeking to tell a different story.


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