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For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv) (2010)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 177

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Weaves together the lives of a Palestinian youth, an embittered older man and a religious 17-year-old girl over the course of one weekend in Tel Aviv.

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Ido Dror, Jonatan Dror

Jun 1, 2010

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Well-intentioned but philosophically timid, For My Father wants to meditate on the moral reshuffling that can accompany imminent death.

January 29, 2010
New York Times
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For My Father is a rarity indeed: A sweet, sentimental movie about a suicide bomber.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Likable but insubstantial.

January 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

January 15, 2010
Miami Herald
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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.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Each character's complicated motivations challenge some stereotypes and reinforce others. Immediacy is undercut by formulaic elements, lessening the sense of regret.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Probes the greatest miracle of all: the difficult process of turning enemies into friends.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
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One wonders if Zahavi was sensitive to the awkward yet inherently comic nature of a setup in which a suicide bomber, bracing for death, is stumped by a bad trigger button.

January 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv)

This movie was really cute in a sad and depressing sort of way. I understand what the director was trying to get at, but at the end all of it seems for nothing. All this built up suspense about what Tarek is going to do is completely crushed. *SPOILERS below*

It would've been nice to have an ending that was more purposeful. The audience is left still knowing that Tarek's family is sad by his death, Keren still has no friends, Katz, who seemed to view Tarek as the son he lost, is left again without a child, and Tarek's father is still probably going to die. It seemed so cute and happy towards the middle, but then it went downhill and kept going downhill. I didn't really agree with the approach the director decided to take. I think if Tarek had a more positive impact on the people he met and he was able to do something more with his life, I would've been more satisfied. However the ending was so depressing. As the camera eased out from Keren's tragically morbid face with tears in her eyes, I was like "they aren't really going to end the movie here are they?" But yep, they do.

When I first heard about this movie, I thought it would be funny. I imagined the suicide bomber going to the town and making himself stand out in the crowd so everyone would notice he had dynamite strapped to his chest. Then I imagined him trying to detonate the bomb that wouldn't go off due to the "faulty fuse" as netflix described. Then I thought all the people would stop and stare at him before beating the shit of his face. Then the suicide bomber would be like "Oh shit!" But that is not how the movie went, and I have to say I was kind of disappointed. I think my version would've been both comical and dramatic. They should do a sequel to this movie using my version. Then they can call it "For Tarek". Yeah. If I could talk whatever language those people were talking, I'd make the movie myself.
November 28, 2011
Japes
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Deserved those 7 Israeli Oscars even thought critics don't think so. What was best about this foreign film was the writing. A very depressing story. What I really liked was that it kept to the point. It didn't add anything that wasn't necessary. It was very artistic in a way. The directing was good as well. Nothing real special but good nevertheless. The production values where the worst part but it wasn't too bad that it would have lowered the rating. The acting was really good as well. Very emotional. Overall, this is a depressing and emotional film.
July 5, 2012
Eduardo Tobias

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  • Alles für meinen Vater (DE)
  • Pour mon pere (FR)
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