Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

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Sixteen-year-old Shlomi Bar-Dayan (Oshri Cohen) lives in Israel with his overprotective mother and seriously ill grandfather. Doing poorly in school, he is forced by the principal to take a test. The results reveal that Shlomi is a math genius. The principal wants to enroll Shlomi in a new school, but his family wants him to stay at home. With help from his girlfriend, Tehila (Rotem Zisman), Shlomi must decide whether to leave for school or stay and take care of his family.

Cast & Crew

Oshri Cohen
Shlomi Bar-Dayan
Arieh Elias
Grandfather Bar-Dayan
Esti Zakhem
Ruhama Bar-Dayan
Yigal Naor
Aviho, the headmaster
Albert Iluz
Robert Bar-Dayan
Jonathan Rozen
Doron Bar-Dayan
Esther Kling
Casting
Itzik Portal
Director of Photography
Einat Glaser-Zarhin
Film Editor
Ariel Glazer
Art Director
Inbal Shuki
Wardrobe
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Critic Reviews for Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

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  • Zarhin has a fine ear for dialogue with refreshing directness and loud rings of truth, but he also knows when to let looks speak volumes.

    December 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
  • Like its protagonist, Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is slow to reveal its charms.

    December 3, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The story in director Shemi Zarhin's film proves predictable and a little too delighted with its own quirkiness.

    December 3, 2004 | Rating: C+
  • Where writer-director Zarhin excels is in offhanded human comedy -- in the craziness that comes with being a teenager in a house full of lunatics to whom you're related.

    November 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • An Israeli Good Will Hunting, a feel-good movie about an unassuming teen and the machinations necessary to reveal his hidden genius.

    November 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Zarhin's episodic, unpredictable film is life-affirming.

    October 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

  • Jan 27, 2011
    Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is a tender, sweet coming of age story about a boy, ignored by his classmates, taken for granted by his family, and dismissed by his teachers. The only person who sees him for who he is is his paternal grandfather, but Grandpa has bouts of lunacy that make that recognition of little value. Terrific character development drives this story and there were moments of subtle humor that kept the viewer engaged. When Shlomi (Oshri Cohen) comes to the attention of his school headmaster (Yigal Naor) and falls in love the the girl next door, Rona (Aya Steinovits), his luck and his life begin to change. This is not your typical teenage sex romp. It is a talented young kid finding out that his life has infinite possibilities that he never believed would be available to him. It is about the people around him learning new respect for the kid who seemed invisible. And it is about growing up, no matter how old you are. One minor quibble with a dream sequence that was inserted that seemed out of place with the rest of the film kept this from the top rating, but a really good, heartwarming story.
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