Hatuna Meuheret [Late Marriage] (2001)

Hatuna Meuheret
Director: Dover Koshashvili
Writer: Dover Koshashvili
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov, Lili Koshashvili, Aya Steinovitz, Rozina Cambos, Simon Chen, Sapir Kugman, Dina Doron, Leonid Kanevskiy, Libia Hakmon, Eli Turi, Maria Ovanov
Part of: We Are One Film Festival
Seen on: 31.5.2020

Plot:
Zaza (Lior Ashkenazi) is over 30 years old and about to finish his PhD. For his family this means one thing: he really needs to get married. Tradition demands that he marries a young virgin and so they have brought him to girl after girl, but Zaza never found the right one among them. The truth is, Zaza doesn’t want any of the girls his parents find for him because he is already very much in love with Judith (Ronit Elkabetz). But Judith is divorced and has a child already – Zaza’s family could never accept that and things are bound to come to a head soon.

Hatuna Meuheret is an engaging, but also somehow unsatisfying film .I appreciated it, but I didn’t like it very much.

The film poster showing Zaza (Lior Ashkenazi) holding up his left hand with a wedding ring. Judith (Ronit Elkabetz) can be seen in the mirror.

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La dune [The Dune] (2013)

La dune
Director: Yossi Aviram
Writer: Yossi Aviram
Cast: Niels Arestrup, Lior Ashkenazi, Guy Marchand, Emma de Caunes, Moni Moshonov, Mathieu Amalric
Part of: identities Festival
Seen on: 20.6.2015

Plot:
After breaking up with his girlfriend because he can’t see himself having children and thus tells her to get an abortion, Hanoch (Lior Ashkenazi) goes on a trip from Israel to France where he starts to basically stalk police officer Reuven (Niels Arestrup). Reuven works in Missing Persons and is ready for retirement after the catastrophic end to a case he worked. But then Hanoch is found, without any ID and refusing to talk, wandering in the dunes near a beach and Reuven is tasked with figuring out who he is.

Unfortunately, La dune proved to be the bland ending to this year’s identities Festival. It didn’t start off badly, but it never manages to build up any tension or make me care for any of the characters.

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Cupcakes (2013)

Cupcakes
Director: Eytan Fox
Writer: Eli Bijaoui, Eytan Fox
Cast: Dana Ivgy, Efrat Dor, Keren Berger, Yael Bar-Zohar, Ofer Shechter, Anat Waxman, Edouard Baer, Lior Ashkenazi
Part of: Vienna Jewish Film Festival

Plot:
Every year, Anat (Anat Waxman) invites her friends Dana (Dana Ivgy). Keren (Keren Berger), Yael (Yael Bar-Zohar) and Ofer (Ofer Shechter) to watch the Eurovision Songcontest UniverSong and make fun of the various acts. Anat even invites the rest of her apartment building, though nobody ever shows. But this year is different. First, Anat’s husband tells her he’s leaving her right before the party. Then musician Efrat (Efrat Dor) shows up rather unexpectedly to join the group. When Anat finally tells them the news about her husband, she gets an impromptu song by the group to cheer her up. Ofer submits the song to the UniverSong people as a joke – but then they get selected to represent Israel at the show.

Cupcakes is a funny and sweet film that will warm even the colder recesses of your heart. I enjoyed myself immensely when I saw it.

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Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Big Bad Wolves
Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Writer: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Doval’e Glickman, Kais Nashif
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
The police have been investigating a series of disappearances/murders of little girls. Their main suspect is teacher Dror (Rotem Keinan) but they don’t actually have anything on him. After they attempt to beat information out of him, police man Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) is suspended, but can’t really let it go, so he decides to kidnap Dror – only to find that the father of one of the girls, Gidi (Tzahi Grad), had the same idea.

Big Bad Wolves is freaking fantastic. It has one of the deliciously darkest senses of humor I’ve ever seen, it’s tense, exciting and pretty much perfect. I walked out feeling positively post-orgasmic.

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Kalevet [Rabies] (2010)

Kalevet
Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Writer: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Danny Geva, Ania Bukstein, Menashe Noy, Ran Danker, Henry David, Ofer Shechter, Liat Harlev, Yael Grobglas, Efrat Boimold
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Tali (Liat Harlev) and her brother Ofer (Henry David) have run away from home, but in the woods they run to, Tali falls into the trap of a psychopathic killer. Ofer runs for help and finds a group of young tennis players who took a wrong turn. The guys – Mikey (Ran Danker) and Pini (Ofer Shechter) – go with Ofer to find Tali, while the girls – Adi (Ania Bukstein) and Shir (Yael Grobglas) – wait for the police. But that’s just the beginning of how things go wrong.

Rabies is a good debut movie, but it’s quite notable that it’s a debut. It’s quite enjoyable, but it could have been a little more daring and more overtly funny.

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