For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv) (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv) (2010)



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Weaves together the lives of a Palestinian youth, an embittered older man and a religious 17-year-old girl over the course of one weekend in Tel Aviv.
Art House & International , Drama
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Hili Yalon
as Keren
Rozina Kambus
as Zipora
Oren Yadger
as Shaul
Dina Golan
as Sara
Chaim Banai
as Rehavia
Abou Raya
as Ali Adel
Jony Arbid
as Abed
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Critic Reviews for For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Well-intentioned but philosophically timid, For My Father wants to meditate on the moral reshuffling that can accompany imminent death.

January 29, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

For My Father is a rarity indeed: A sweet, sentimental movie about a suicide bomber.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Likable but insubstantial.

Full Review… | January 27, 2010
Top Critic

Israel seems to have its own form of prestige cinema, where tortured suicide bombers and rending intergenerational conflict signal what period costumes and booming accents might to American viewers.

Full Review… | January 26, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards in 2008, the movie takes a completely apolitical look at the lives of its three main characters, focusing not on their differences but on how, in a way, they are trapped by their cultures.

January 15, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A well-intentioned but only partially successful attempt to illuminate a situation already well-plumbed by such films as the Palestinian-made Paradise Now and the Israeli-made Lemon Tree.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv)

Deserved those 7 Israeli Oscars even thought critics don't think so. What was best about this foreign film was the writing. A very depressing story. What I really liked was that it kept to the point. It didn't add anything that wasn't necessary. It was very artistic in a way. The directing was good as well. Nothing real special but good nevertheless. The production values where the worst part but it wasn't too bad that it would have lowered the rating. The acting was really good as well. Very emotional. Overall, this is a depressing and emotional film.

Eduardo Tobias
Eduardo Tobias

Super Reviewer

You are our air force. Tarek is a man conflicted. He is an educated man from a privileged upbringing and an athletic background. He has joined a cause that calls for him to be a suicide bomber in Tel-Aviv. He is reluctant to execute the act but goes through with it anyway...but the bomb doesn't explode. After the failure he meets several people that may show him a good reason to live. "Since I was born I couldn't dream." Dror Zahavi, director of The Hunt for Troy, The Airlift, and Civil Courage, delivers For My Father. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and I found the characters worth following and well developed. The acting is excellent and the cast includes Shredi Jabarin, Hili Yalon, and Michael Moshonov. "He died because everyone here is stupid." For My Father is currently airing on demand so I decided to give it a shot. I was surprised the RT scores for this picture were so low. The main character is developed and portrayed so well and the end concludes the picture perfectly. I definitely felt that this is a movie worth your time (especially if it's free on demand). "God won't forgive you?" "I don't want him to anymore." Grade: B+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Nobody wins, everybody loses. That is what Dror Zahavi shows in this movie about Tarek (Shredy Jabarin), an Arab man who finds himself guilty because of his family's honor is ruined. In this context, he committed himself to honor his family by being a suicide-bomber but the bomb turns out to be a dud, and he end up meeting people suffering because of the same war, Israel vs. Palestine. His trajectory is a no way out, and he is forced to reexamine his choice since he became friends with Katz (Shlomo Vishinsky), an aging eletrician who lost his son in the Israeli army, and with Keren (Hili Yalon), a lovely girl who left her Orthodox family.

Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez
Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez

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