The Other Son (2012)
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"The Other Son" is the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families. (c) Cohen Media
Oct 26, 2012 Limited
Mar 19, 2013
Cohen Media Group - Official Site
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It is easy to imagine other, darker, results after the opening accident, but Levy's film, pitched firmly as if it were the only possibility, makes it seem so.
A humane but emotionally anemic message movie whose dramatic craft doesn't live up to its good intentions.
Lévy generally succeeds in creating a compelling, humanistic family drama, even if some viewers may reject the movie's final note of optimism.
Levy handles with aplomb what could easily have been a messy mix of emotions and politics.
The intention here is plain - we are all human, we can all be family - but Levy weaves the mix of identity crises, cultural mingling and common ground slyly.
This moving, emotionally concise human drama is easily one of the most remarkable films about the unending conflict in the Middle East.
Somehow Levy - and her actors - avoid sentimentality and trite homilies. The Other Son explores the age-old nature vs. nurture divide, and ends up as refutation of ignorance and hate.
Some have accused Levy's pic of naïvete, and yet this isn't trying to make bold, heavy political statements, as the director is more interested in the human side of a perhaps unlikely but intriguing plot set-up.
The film goes to great lengths to make us believe its premise, and then use it to make a humane and surprisingly hopeful film about Israeli-Palestinian relations.
The actors are all excellent, the storytelling compassionate, and the overall sense one takes from the film is more humane than political.
At times, certain supporting characters come off as mouthpieces for political points of view, but Levy isn't making a polemic, and her ultimate message is positive and humane.
Though lacking subtlety, the story conveys a rare sensitivity and compassion. But what divides humans historically are more complex issues of power and domination. And shouldn't be buried, even in fiction, under sentimental appeals which change nothing.
The movie doesn't need to preach a "we're all equal" message. When we watch the boys bond with their new kin over food or music, then see the lines of Palestinians plodding through armed checkpoints to reach jobs or visit Israeli friends, we get the point.
The concept feels very designed-to-teach-us-lessons, but the execution is surprisingly graceful.
A provocative, moving social drama, superbly thought out and well acted by its cast.
How the sons begin to share each other's lives is sensitively portrayed, and the film's more original than the usual Romeo and Juliet personalization of the regional divide.
An unbelievable situation becomes remarkably tangible here and oh so pertinent.
A tender, warm and heartfelt drama that's grounded in humanism and well-nuanced acting. It's one of the best foreign films of the year.
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