Foreign Sister (Ahot Zara) (2003)



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The story of the evolving friendship between a bourgeois Israeli woman and an illegal Ethiopian immigrant, Foreign Sister has as its protagonist Naomi, a 50-year-old woman who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown despite ostensibly having it all, including a dishy husband and two loving kids. Things begin to change when Naomi hires Nigiset, an Ethiopian Christian, to work as a maid for her mother-in-law. The encounters between Naomi and Nigiset push Naomi's life in a new direction and expose her to the plight of Israel's more underprivileged citizens. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Foreign Sister (Ahot Zara)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Wolman gets his point across, but he does so in such a predictable, contrived and sappy manner that viewers aren't likely to care.

Feb 28, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

The developing friendship between the two women carries a faint but effective dramatic charge.

Feb 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Offers an incisive glimpse into one woman's inner transformation -- her secret sense of loss in the midst of plenty and her sudden perception of a world of suffering lying just beyond her home.

Feb 25, 2003 | Full Review…

The development of a "relationship" between Nomi and Negist is the soul of the movie and in some ways it is its greatest drawback.

Aug 17, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

In Dan Wolman's new film, FOREIGN SISTER, he has created a remarkable situation where one sees how life is not easy for those who don't have a roof over their head, or a husband and family that are there to take care of you.

May 2, 2003 | Full Review…

A realistic picture of dual crises that surely are almost everywhere.

Mar 2, 2003 | Full Review…

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