A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)
Critic Consensus: A Tale of Love and Darkness suggests greater things for debuting writer-director Natalie Portman -- even if its reach slightly exceeds her creative grasp.
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as Fania Oz
as Fania Mussman
as Arieh Oz
as Israel Zarchi
as Colonel Jan
as Grandma Klausner
as Old Amos
as Mr. Licht
as Pharmacy Customer
as Staszek Rudnicki
as The Pioneer
as Zerta Abramski
as Malka Rudnicki
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Whereas Oz's material, at its best, considers the nuances and subtleties of language, Portman's script reduces his writing to platitudes and cliches.
Portman ... paints a portrait of the Jewish state's fraught history, all with the confident authority of a filmmaker who is years beyond her debut.
A Tale of Love and Darkness loses itself in dreamy imagery, in its studiously crafted aesthetic. But there are times when Portman lets the toughness, the tenacity, the emotional heart of Oz's story shine through.
While A Tale of Love and Darkness is often difficult to watch -- because of all the sadness it presents -- it is also a beautiful film in that it makes us think about existing in a world where we do not completely fit in.
[Portman] has filmed the book according to its emotional meaning to her, and that's fine. What she hasn't done is whip it into shape as a compelling movie.
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