For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv) (2010)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
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Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3
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Well-intentioned but philosophically timid, For My Father wants to meditate on the moral reshuffling that can accompany imminent death.
For My Father is a rarity indeed: A sweet, sentimental movie about a suicide bomber.
Israel seems to have its own form of prestige cinema, where tortured suicide bombers and rending intergenerational conflict signal what period costumes and booming accents might to American viewers.
Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards in 2008, the movie takes a completely apolitical look at the lives of its three main characters, focusing not on their differences but on how, in a way, they are trapped by their cultures.
A well-intentioned but only partially successful attempt to illuminate a situation already well-plumbed by such films as the Palestinian-made Paradise Now and the Israeli-made Lemon Tree.
Each character's complicated motivations challenge some stereotypes and reinforce others. Immediacy is undercut by formulaic elements, lessening the sense of regret.
Probes the greatest miracle of all: the difficult process of turning enemies into friends.
A melodramatic morality play which sends the sobering message that suicide bombing does not pay, especially when you could just as easily seduce as splatter the sexy object of your detonation.
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