Cineaste365 (February 20, 2014 - DAY 131) - "Lebanon" - Samuel Maoz

Lebanon – A Film Review

The emotional traumatic experiences of four young Israeli soldiers during the first 24 hours of the 1982 Lebanon War are the centerpiece of Samuel Maoz’s feature film “Lebanon.” Maoz based the film on his own experiences as a tank gunner during the war and centers the entire film on the events that occur in and around an Israeli war tank.

Let It Rain

A Review of “Let It Rain”

“Let It Rain,” is the third film from Agnes Jaoui, a French writer-director-actress and singer of Tunisian Jewish descent.  The film focuses on a handful of characters who are connected to Agathe Villanova, played by Jaoui.  In the film, Agathe is a successful author and feminist who is trying to get into politics.  At the…

the wedding song

A Different Tune – “The Wedding Song” Film Review

What happens when you try to sustain an unlikely friendship of a teenaged Jewish girl and a teenaged Muslim girl against the backdrop of Tunisia during World War Two?  Will the friendship last despite the religious differences?  Will they both survive the war?  What will happen to their loved ones?  One potential solution is brought…

A Modern Orthodox “Friends”

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, Laizy Shapiro created a TV show in Israel about single religious modern orthodox singles who live in Jerusalem called “Srugim.”  “Srugim” is one of the top rated TV shows airing in Israel. “Srugim” resembles “Friends” in the manner that it revolves around a young group of friends…

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation – a film review

“The Year My Parents Went on Vacation” is a coming of age story by filmmaker Cao Hamburger that gives the viewer an enlightening look at the events in Brazil in 1970 through the eyes of Mauro, a twelve year old boy, who is consumed by soccer and Brazil’s world cup team. Mauro’s parents are on…

Making Arrangements – a film review of “Arranged”

The age old question of how to find Mr. Right is the basis of the film “Arranged” by Stefan Schaefer, Diane Crespo, and Yuta Silverman. What makes this film different than all of the other romantic comedies or dramas that explore this theme is the unconventional two central characters in the film – an orthodox…

Primo Levi’s Journey-A Film Review

Primo Levi’s Journey is a new documentary about the path Primo Levi took through Europe once he was liberated from Auschwitz. The documentary uses voice over narration from Primo Levi’s book “The Truce” (about his eight-month journey to Italy via various locations in Europe after being liberated from Auschwitz) over modern day footage of the…

The Bubble, An Eyton Fox Film

“Love, Love Tel Aviv” is the slogan on the T-shirt designed by Lulu that is worn by most of the main characters in Eyton Fox’s latest film, “The Bubble.” The T-shirt depicts the yearning for peace, sensitivity, tolerance, and freedom of four young people who live in and around Tel Aviv. The film tries to…

A Night to Remember

One question that is asked at the Passover Seder is “Why is this night different from all other nights?” For Hannah that question is asked and answered during a Passover Seder when she is taken on a time traveling adventure back to a small town in Poland where her cousin Rivkah/Eva lives. After spending an…