Feature. 95 min.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.
The relevant topic of teen suicide is behind Nimrod Eldar’s directorial debut. Yoram (Menashe Noy), a 50-year-old widowed veterinarian who works at a big game safari park in Tel Aviv, is forced to re-examine his difficult relationship with his adolescent daughter Roni (Zohar Meidan), after she wishes to end her life. He decides to take her on a journey to visit her mother’s family, a process of self and mutual discovery in a primordial desert land enveloping the Dead Sea. Menashe Noy is suitably subtle as the indecisive father, a man who evidently loves his daughter but cannot find the energy to figure out why she wants to die, and Zohar Meidan complements this performance excellently, digging deep to find real resentment and sadness behind the self-hatred.
Director: Nimrod Eldar.
Starring: Menashe Noy, Zohar Meidan, Alon Neuman, Miri Aloni and Sarit Vino-Elad
“Smart and complex right up until the final act.” —The Forward