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Filmmaker Yair Hochner puts politics on the back burner to craft this upbeat comedy about the multitude of domestic and romantic issues faced by contemporary youth living in Tel Aviv. Omer is a homosexual young man with problems even most straight people can relate to: Omer is approaching 30, and still hasn't established his own identity, much less found the man of his dreams. Meanwhile, his heterosexual sister, Shirley, thinks she has found her ideal mate in hip café owner Michal, yet refuses
Nov 14, 2008 Wide
Jun 15, 2010
Regent Releasing/here! Films - Official Site
While the director ogles his cast and busies himself with hackneyed visual metaphors, Antarctica wallows in casual lust and bored disaffection.
Hochner is terrific at staging intimate encounters, and he gets his story off to a lively start -- only to run out of ideas and momentum.
This new Israeli sex romp is a better advertisement for the country than a tourist bureau could provide -- at least for gay travelers.
Antarctica takes urban loneliness as its subject, but though all the characters are strikingly attractive, there's nothing frothy or pandering about Hochner's hermetic homosexual world.
Manages to combine sizzling sex scenes with an actual heart, putting all of the low-budget gay trash that American audiences must suffer through to shame.
Amusingly makes the point that men can be rotten to each other like to women in so many heterosexual romantic comedies, but makes this point over and over again.
The dialogue is lame enough to make one think that the story exists only as an excuse for the sexual couplings.
The good news is that, despite delivering the expected frosty alienation of its namesake, Antarctica features enough sweat-laden sex scenes to thaw three meandering romantic dramedies.
Gay life in today's Tel Aviv is better presented cinematically by the work of Eytan Fox than in this overpopulated, callow effort.
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