Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America)

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In Tel Aviv, Israel, in the early 1960s, a Jewish family still chafes from the wounds it endured in the Holocaust. So begins Israeli director Hanan Peled's period drama Dear Mr. Waldman (AKA Michtavim Le America, 2006). At the center of the family unit stands 10-year-old Hilik, who sees it as his mission to pool his resources with those of his brother and help their parents bury the nightmare of the concentration camps. The father, Moishe's, trauma may be more deep-rooted than it appears, however; not only is he unable to free himself from the grip of the Holocaust, he lives with the persistent delusion that his son from his first marriage evaded murder in the camps, fled to a new life in America, and took a position as John F. Kennedy's assistant. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America)

All Critics (7) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1)

  • Although the subject may be one you'd prefer not to revisit, Dear Mr. Waldman brings it to life with style and intelligence.

    March 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Poignant coming of age movie about a ten year old boy and his father, an Auschwitz survivor.

    October 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Peled's film allows us to realize damaged men and women at a vital stage in life, trying to raise a young family while at the same time being plagued by memories of evil beyond words.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • ...the increasingly familiar trajectory of the story becomes awfully difficult to overlook.

    May 6, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A kind of Cinema Paradiso in old Tel Aviv, as a young boy imagines through exposure to far too many movies, that he possesses his own inner gladiator Spartacus, who can make his disintegrating world whole again.

    March 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Could have been a terrifically important commentary on Israeli identify instead of just a mostly appealing character drama.

    March 16, 2008 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America)

  • Dec 26, 2008
    Excellent slice of life after the war in the newly created state of Israel. A man who lost his first wife and son in the concentration camps, clings to the belief that his son somehow survived the war. His second wife and two sons must cope with the melancholy that consumes him. The younger boy finds a friend in a classmate who provides him with a different perspective and a connection to a life outside of his family. The acting is superb, the emotions are raw, and the story is quite sad. This viewer remained thoroughly engaged in this excellent treatment of a dark period when no one knew whether the newly founded nation, or a family so devestated by war, would survive. The courage and hope of a nation were interwoven in the strugle of Moishe (Rami Heuberger) and Rivka (Jenya Dodina) and their sons. The younger son, Hilik (Ido Port) turned in a fine performance and actually provided the lens which allows one to see the struggle close up. Another bright spot was the performance of Ela Armoni as Hilik's friend, the girl Nirit. Life goes on, no matter how painful it may be at times.
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