Director: Keren Yedaya
Cast: Dana Ivgy, Ronit Elkabetz
At the Cannes Film Festival 2004, it garnered the Camera d'Or for the Best First Feature Film
The official website is here
In a sentence, the story revolves around a young girl (named Or) who worked laboriously to rid her mother of prostitution on the streets
What is good?
-- The gritty realism of the entire film. It is not judgmental about its various characters, but simply relate how society is there are some grave messages about the plight of women, the depressing state of society in a way, it also challenged the notion of choice and choiceless do we always or really have a choice in life?
-- In my humble opinion, the film ends well, but it is gonna remind you of some other films. Unfortunately, telling you would constitute a major spoiler hiaks hiaks hiaks
-- I thought the realism is also corroborated by the use of minimum camera movement and minimum music.
-- Last, the two female leads carried their roles very well! You will be convinced by their performance.
What may be problematic
-- Much of the socio-political issues (if any) have to be inferred but hey, look at it this way, the story could happen anywhere
-- As the first half of the film is more about their daily life and the second half more plot driven, some may wonder where it is going but hey, patience does pay off I actually thought the initial half helps to provide depth to the characters, their relationship, their dilemma and struggle
In sum, I recommend the film!
Even if you do not understand the socio-political issues involved, the film tells a nice story about a mother and a daughter