Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2004)



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A teenager discovers he may be a genius, which turns out to be a less-than-welcome surprise to his family, in this comedy-drama from Israel. Shlomi (Oshri Cohen) is a 17-year-old boy who has unwittingly become the most important member of his household -- with his mildly-paranoid father (Albert Illouz) divorced from his mother (Esti Zakhem), busy supporting the family as a nurse. Shlomi cheerfully looks after his aging grandfather, cooks the meals, keeps tabs on his brother, Doron (Jonathan Rozen), and tries to keep the house clean. With so much going on, Shlomi doesn't have much time for (or interest in) his schoolwork, and he's more preoccupied with his girlfriend Tehila (Rotem Zisman) and his efforts to move their relationship to the next level; however, Shlomi's math teacher (Nisso Khavia) discovers that Shlomi has a rare gift for working with numbers and is eager to transfer him to another school where he can hone this talent. But Shlomi's family resists the idea, partly because they're not sure if he can do the work and partly because they don't want to see the family's anchor go away.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Oshri Cohen
as Shlomi Bardayan
Esti Zakhaim
as Ruhama Bardayan
Arie Elias
as Grandpa Bardayan
Esti Zackheim
as Ruhama Bardayan
Albert Iluz
as Robert Bardayan
Assi Cohen
as Sasi
Aya Koren
as Rona
Yigal Naor
as School Principal
Rotem Zisman
as Tehila
Nisso Keavia
as Bagin Yaish
Gili Biton
as Moti
Nissim Dayan
as Yehoshua Eldad
Rita Shukrun
as Miriam Eldad
Nirit Drori
as Haifa Student
Matan Greenzeit
as Haifa Student
Yotam Schwimmer
as Haifa Student
Maya Sabag
as Adir
Yakov Berger
as Landlord
Yehoshua Yamanuci
as Japanese Soldier No. 1
Tzadok Hushino
as Japanese Soldier No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (19)

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
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Like its protagonist, Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is slow to reveal its charms.

December 3, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

The story in director Shemi Zarhin's film proves predictable and a little too delighted with its own quirkiness.

December 3, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 28, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 19, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Zarhin's episodic, unpredictable film is life-affirming.

October 1, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi


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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

This movie has heart. It's funny and at times poetic, without ever overdoing the emotion or drama. A movie to fall in love with without being able to quite explain why. Also, anyone who's ever seen a Mediterranean household will find the family dialogues hilarious and true to life.

Daria Manukian
Daria Manukian

A very moving film that centers around a young, misunderstood boy. It's a well written, directed and acted pick-me-up movie.

Kervin Smith
Kervin Smith

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