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Jellyfish December 31, 1969
Jellyfish

Synopsis: Winner of the Camera d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, JELLYFISH (MEDUZOT) is a moving film that follows the travails of three women in modern-day Tel Aviv. Batya (Sarah Adler) is struggling to make ends meet, living in an apartment with a leaky ceiling and working for a wedding caterer, where she gets to serve happy people gathered together to celebrate the institution of marriage. One day on the beach, she sees a little redhaired girl (Nikol Leidman) suddenly walk out of the ocean, and Batya decides to look after the silent child when the police won't help find her parents. Keren (Noa Knoller) is a young woman who has just gotten married to Michael (Gera Adler), but she breaks her leg at the reception after being stuck in the bathroom, forcing them to cancel their Caribbean vacation and instead spend their honeymoon at an Israeli seaside hotel, where her husband starts becoming friendly with an older woman in the top-floor suite. And Joy (Ma-nenita De Latorre) is a Filipino guest worker who has come to Tel Aviv seeking employment as a caregiver to make money to send back to her son in the Philippines. Although she intended to take care of babies, she is instead assigned to elderly women, one of whom dies immediately and another who is bullheaded and outwardly nasty to her. As the three protagonists try to make their way in the world, their lives intersect in unusual and fascinating ways. JELLYFISH, directed by real-life partners and writers Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen and written by Geffen, is a touching, compelling drama about troubled families, parents and children, and loneliness. Instead of making any grand statements, it focuses on the little things in life that can make the difference between being happy and being miserable, keeping hope within grasp. Keret and Geffen, who also play small parts in the film, use water as a metaphor throughout the story: just as every ocean has its jellyfish, life can often sting, but it also can be beautiful.

Starring: Nikol Leidman, Sarah Adler
Directed by: Etgar Keret, Shira Geffen,
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