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As Eyal finishes the traditional Jewish week of mourning for his late son, his wife Vicky urges him to return to their routine—but just because the shiva has ended doesn’t mean it’s life as usual. Vicky returns to the school where she teaches, but shopkeeper Eyal opts for an abdication of routine. The world refuses to accommodate the middle-aged couple’s period of adjustment, and the parents find themselves acting out as they attempt to regain a hold on their upturned lives. Buoyed by unexpected levity, this debut feature is a bracing lark – warm, funny and wise. No wonder it was nominated for 8 Israeli Oscars, swept the Jerusalem Film Festival’s major awards, and was the surprise hit of Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival.
Israel, 2016, 98 min, Directed by Asaph Polonsky, Not Rated, In Hebrew with English subtitles