• Unrated, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Udi Aloni
    In Theaters:
    Feb 11, 2006 Wide
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Forgiveness Reviews

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Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Builds on real macabre coincidences to pile on symbolism higher and higher in time-tripping phantasmagoria of flashbacks, nightmares,fantasy and occasional credibility.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 3/10

November 1, 2008
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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David's trauma, madness, and recovery is arranged as a puzzle of dreams, flashbacks, hallucinations, and strikingly choreographed numbers that, while occasionally dazzling, remains in pieces at film's end.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 10, 2008
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

Isn't it time to accept that narrative film may not be the best way to deal with complicated socio-political issues like the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 13, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The message may be clear -- suppress the past at your peril -- but the execution is a mess.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 12, 2008
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Its originality is stunted by a hodgepodge of pretentious scenes.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

September 9, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The result is a hodgepodge of plots and styles, a fault compounded by stiff acting and, except for a few scenes, wooden direction.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 12, 2008
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Forgiveness feels like a high-concept stage play, the kind of well-meant but pretentious project where grand themes are worked out in a claustrophobic setting among a small cast.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

September 11, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

A metaphorical Israeli trauma sanctuary built over a massacred Palestinian village, and a raw yet mystical inquiry into the thin line between war and murder, and how combat multiples rather than eradicates enemies. Jewish guilt, Israeli style.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

August 21, 2008
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

The film's laudable attempts to encompass the far-reaching quagmire of Jewish tribal identity, politics and psychology could have a profound effect on the audiences who do find it.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 12, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

While the subject of this Israeli feature is riveting and the intention honorable, the narrative strategy and technical execution leave much to be desired.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

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