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Carmel will be embraced by Gitai fans, who are familiar with his work and ideas. Casual moviegoers will be perplexed.
An impressionistic family chronicle with a tender heart.
Gitai has never been shy about adding autobiographical elements to his dramas, which only underlines Carmel's central irony: His most blatantly personalized movie feels like his least personal statement to date.
Audience Reviews for Carmel
This confusing collection of sometimes surreal vignettes appears to be an autobiographical reflection by its Israeli director, mixed with recreations of a battle between Romans and Jews and poetry read by Jean Moreau. There are a few interesting moments, like when an Israeli and a Palestinian carry on a "conversation" in which each delivers a separate monologue, but mostly, it's people you can't place reading letters from relatives you don't know.
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