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Knafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings) (2002)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 5

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


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 1

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



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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


Art House & International, Drama

Nir Bergman

Jul 20, 2004

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

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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[Bergman] draws fine performances from the actors.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Broken Wings has heart and a poetic soul.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Bergman's debut feature is tender yet disturbing, sad yet at times funny.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Well-made, if rather predictable, new-age melodrama.

April 21, 2004
Washington Post
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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.

April 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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...reminiscent, in its gritty and sometimes unrelievedly grim aspect, of some of British director Mike Leigh's social naturalism

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The film is guilelessly shot, the dialogue phonographically candid.

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Baltimore City Paper
Baltimore City Paper

It's the best family portrait since Yi Yi.

July 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

Bergman wants the viewer to empathize more with the characters' perseverance than their pain, and he pulls it off, thanks to his sharp eye, compassion, and humor, and of course to the performances -- particularly that of the luminous Maron.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

A quietly moving study of a family in crisis.

June 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

A movie that benefits from quiet reflection and attentive viewing. Anything less would be a disservice to the filmmakers and oneself.

June 11, 2004

a universal metaphor for all families traumatized by catastrophic loss

June 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

If the WB television network made movies in Israel, Broken Wings is what we'd get.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

intelligent script and economical direction make this a rare non-political Israeli work that everyone can relate to

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Bergman inhabits an empathy zone rich with potential for examining the human condition in a unique way...

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

A compelling family drama.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bergman doesn't allow hokey weeping or melodrama into his picture; instead, he sets events in motion and lets the characters react the way real people would.

May 15, 2004 Full Review Source:

Wonderfully acted and sharply observed, Broken Wings is marked by a strong sense of what it's like to be part of a family.

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

'The characters are so ordinary and identifiable helping to make it a more universal approach to the way human beings deal with tragedy'

May 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinematic Reflections

It's not until the film is over that we fully appreciate the originality of an Israeli film that focuses completely on the family crisis while leaving politics behind altogether.

May 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This story could take place anywhere there are families struggling to remake themselves in the aftermath of tragedy; its universality is perhaps the most potent political message of all.

April 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian

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.
February 28, 2012

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.
July 5, 2010
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.
August 16, 2009
Daisy Maduro

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