93 minutes. 2014. Directors: Sharon Maymon (A Matter of Size) and Tal Granit. With Zeev Revach, Levana Finkelstein, Aliza Rozen, Ilan Dar, Rafi Tabor, Shmuel Wolf and Josef Karmon. In Hebrew with English subtitles.
People’s Choice Award, Venice FF
“Boasting a dream cast of septuagenarian talent, a finely honed visual sense and superbly ironic comic timing and dialogue” (Variety), this touching black comedy is set in a Jerusalem retirement home. Yeheskel, an amateur inventor, is increasingly frustrated by watching his best friend suffering from a terminal illness with no control over his destiny. He creates a mercy-killing machine and is faced with the need to manage the enthusiastic response as news of the machine spreads to other residents.
“An intelligent dark comedy that manages to deftly deal with such sensitive subjects as euthanasia while remaining positively funny.”