Knafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings) (2002)



Critic Consensus: An accurate and compassionate rendering of an ordinary family in crisis.

Movie Info

Nir Bergman's debut feature, K'Nafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings), chronicles the problems of an Israeli family attempting to come to terms with the death of the husband and father. Nine months after her father's untimely passing, 17-year-old Maya (Maya Maron) spends much of her time helping to raise her younger brother and sister, as mother Dafna (Orli Zilberschatz-Banai) has to work as much as possible at the hospital. While each character struggles with his or her fears and dreams, the family's … More

Rating: R (for some language, brief nudity and drug use)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Nir Bergman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
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as Woman Giving Birth

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Critic Reviews for Knafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings)

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (28)

This is a story that would be compelling, no matter what the locale.

Full Review… | August 6, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

[Bergman] draws fine performances from the actors.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Broken Wings has heart and a poetic soul.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Bergman's debut feature is tender yet disturbing, sad yet at times funny.

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Well-made, if rather predictable, new-age melodrama.

April 21, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Writer-director Bergman's debut doesn't have stylistic pizazz, and some of its scenes sag a little under the weight of mournful music. But the story is told with stirring simplicity that builds momentum.

Full Review… | April 21, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Knafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings)


Every soul in this film about family struggles with some darkness but it takes awhile before we find out what it is, and it takes awhile for them to eventually agree to come together in spite of the darkness, because of the darkness. Filmed in Haifa, it is a universal slice of pie in a unique setting that sprinkles a little hope on tragedy.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A wonderful film! A powerful story about a family trying to get by after the death of their father/husband. Maya Maron gives a fantastic performance as Maya Ulman, a gifted musician who is torn between her dreams and her loyalty to her family.

But the popcorn bag award goes to Orli Ziberschatz-Banai. You forget that she's acting and that this is a movie. Ziberschatz-Banai is fabulous...displaying all the emotions of a single mom under pressure and stress to make it all work.

George Kiriyama

Super Reviewer

Broken Wings was a movie that was based on daily life problems.. The characters were so real. The script included teenagers insults that sounds so true and images that stays in your mind, as you see this family in its struggle to get their life back. I liked the performances of all characters, Israelian director Nir Bergman did an amazing job. The music in the movie was great. All in all, a good movie. A must to see.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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