Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2004)
Movie InfoA teenager discovers he may be a genius, which turns out to be a less-than-welcome surprise to his family, in this comedy-drama from Israel. Shlomi (Oshri Cohen) is a 17-year-old boy who has unwittingly become the most important member of his household -- with his mildly-paranoid father (Albert Illouz) divorced from his mother (Esti Zakhem), busy supporting the family as a nurse. Shlomi cheerfully looks after his aging grandfather, cooks the meals, keeps tabs on his brother, Doron (Jonathan Rozen), and tries to keep the house clean. With so much going on, Shlomi doesn't have much time for (or interest in) his schoolwork, and he's more preoccupied with his girlfriend Tehila (Rotem Zisman) and his efforts to move their relationship to the next level; however, Shlomi's math teacher (Nisso Khavia) discovers that Shlomi has a rare gift for working with numbers and is eager to transfer him to another school where he can hone this talent. But Shlomi's family resists the idea, partly because they're not sure if he can do the work and partly because they don't want to see the family's anchor go away. … More
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Critic Reviews for Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi
Zarhin has a fine ear for dialogue with refreshing directness and loud rings of truth, but he also knows when to let looks speak volumes.
Like its protagonist, Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is slow to reveal its charms.
The story in director Shemi Zarhin's film proves predictable and a little too delighted with its own quirkiness.
Where writer-director Zarhin excels is in offhanded human comedy -- in the craziness that comes with being a teenager in a house full of lunatics to whom you're related.
An Israeli Good Will Hunting, a feel-good movie about an unassuming teen and the machinations necessary to reveal his hidden genius.
Zarhin's episodic, unpredictable film is life-affirming.
What it's really about is a subject anyone who has ever been an adolescent can relate to: the period when you start to take responsibility for what kind of person you are and what kind of life you're going to have.
Oshri Cohen has such a gentle way about him - it works well for a character that would gladly be the caregiver for the world.
A warm exception to coming-of-age stories that accent the tacky and vulgar aspects of adolescent awakening.
Though its destination is entirely predictable, the warm-hearted picture proves a quite pleasant vehicle for getting there.
Has an easy sentimentality that becomes grating, playing heavily on conventional devices, suffering from lack of risk-taking and an irrelevant poetic refrain that, to be charitable, doesn't translate that well to English.
The moral is muddled, never quite knowing which way to turn, and that hurts this otherwise sweet family tale.
Audience Reviews for Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi
Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is a tender, sweet coming of age story about a boy, ignored by his classmates, taken for granted by his family, and dismissed by his teachers. The only person who sees him for who he is is his paternal grandfather, but Grandpa has bouts of lunacy that make that recognition of little value. Terrific character development drives this story and there were moments of subtle humor that kept the viewer engaged. When Shlomi (Oshri Cohen) comes to the attention of his school headmaster (Yigal Naor) and falls in love the the girl next door, Rona (Aya Steinovits), his luck and his life begin to change. This is not your typical teenage sex romp. It is a talented young kid finding out that his life has infinite possibilities that he never believed would be available to him. It is about the people around him learning new respect for the kid who seemed invisible. And it is about growing up, no matter how old you are. One minor quibble with a dream sequence that was inserted that seemed out of place with the rest of the film kept this from the top rating, but a really good, heartwarming story.More
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