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Meduzot (Jellyfish) (2007)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 8

Lyrical, well-crafted and inventive, Jellyfish smartly mixes comedy, drama and magic realism.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 2

Lyrical, well-crafted and inventive, Jellyfish smartly mixes comedy, drama and magic realism.



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Israeli co-directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen's ensemble comedy drama Meduzot (aka Jellyfish, 2007) weaves together multiple seriocomic tales of intersecting lives, set against the deep azure backdrop of Middle Eastern seascapes. Affording equal emphasis to each tale, Keret and Geffen first hone in on Batya (Sarah Adler), a young woman employed as a caterer, whose firm places strongest emphasis on weddings. As the film opens, Batya breaks up with her boyfriend, and struggles with her


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Shira Geffen

Sep 30, 2008

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (8) | DVD (2)

Jellyfish, with its pervasive sense of mysticism, is anything but standard, predictable storytelling. What is it exactly? Well, you might as well ask a jellyfish.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Thematically, it's extremely precise, and one of its most compelling themes is the failure, or uselessness, of language.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Most of the first hour passes without much more forward motion than its namesake. But in the corners and niches of that slow development, we get to know a handful of people, crisply drawn in fast sketches.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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A little piece of cinematic poetry.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Provides a diverting portrait of modern-day Israel, as the filmmakers eschew history, politics and religion to focus instead on more intimate and universal issues of fate, loss and the longing to connect.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A brief, haunting tale of three women in contemporary Tel Aviv, Jellyfish seems to float in its viewers' consciousness; you'll remember its images long afterward.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Keret and Geffen observe situations with such a low-key, spaced-out humor that moments in which their depressed characters finally reach for human connection sneak up on you with unexpected emotion.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

This festival favourite has moments of promise but Jellyfish is lacking, has an unwillingness to completely contextualize the women in this contemporary setting

December 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Explores modern-day loneliness and alienation in Tel Aviv.

October 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A large number of idiosyncratic and deadpan supporting characters provides amusement around dispirited women floating through sweetly satisfying meanderings.

December 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

A film that is fresh in both style and story.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

There are sharply observed moments of social intercourse and a nice current of realistic honesty. But when I ask myself what it is that these women in the movie want, I come up with bubkes.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

...the contrivances ... allow the filmmakers to tell the stories of a number of different characters who would otherwise have no business being in the same film.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

The directors infuse the film with a short story's spare dialogue and tight pacing -- the running time is all of 76 minutes -- while subtle visual motifs and judicious moments of magical realism demonstrate cinema at its most elegant.

August 28, 2008

Although its title might have some assuming this is a cheap remake of a bad horror B movie from the '50s, Jellyfish is actually quite a reflective and pensive picture.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Although the "hyperlink" drama that features a lot of interconnecting storylines has become a common staple of the arthouse, "Jellyfish" manages to be a weird and memorable creature all its own.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's a wisp of a thing, but it's a lovely wisp.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

These interlocking stories don't add up to a conventional narrative. It helps to think of Jellyfish as a tone poem. And like the invertebrate that is its namesake, the film is by turns beautiful, stinging and rather shapeless.

June 13, 2008
Kansas City Star

Light on its feet, deeply human, and fresh in style, this French-Israeli co-production serves up an engaging tale about a group of women struggling with daily life in contemporary Tel Aviv.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

Shira Geffen's script is a poignant intersection of the regrettable past and the transitions that must occur to move on. In this 60th-year celebration of Israel, this film feels like the whole country.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source:

It is a restful film, and one full of wise observations.

May 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

What gives the film a haunting and sometimes droll poetic unity is the way co-directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen trace all their characters moving in a jellyfish-like fashion.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Audience Reviews for Meduzot (Jellyfish)

[font=Century Gothic]"Jellyfish" starts with Batya(Sarah Adler) kicking her boyfriend out of their apartment but has second thoughts which affects her job at a catering hall where Michael(Gera Sandler) and Keren(Noa Knoller) are having their wedding reception. On what should be their happiest day, Keren breaks her ankle, canceling their honeymoon to the Caribbean, instead forcing them to stay near home at a hotel in Tel Aviv near the sea. At the beach, Batya goes to console herself where a young girl(Nikol Leidman) walks out of the sea. And Joy(Ma-nenita De Latorre) is a nurse from the Philippines, working in Israel as a caretaker for elderly patients...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Jellyfish" is an unassuming and perceptive drama with some magical realism thrown in. While one plotline is predictable, all three intersect occasionally(Batya and Joy run into each other a couple of times) but never quite gel to form a complete picture. However, there are themes that are consistent with each, especially concerning love and how a surrogate is sometimes required to care for loved ones, be they young or old. Although we may not always have the right word to express ourselves(or the right language), there are gestures that can work just as well. [/font]
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June 2, 2008
Walter M.

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Enchanting and intriguing. The Israeli version of the converging story line executed quite effectively.
April 14, 2009
John Ballantine

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