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Ha-Mangalistim (The Barbecue People) (2003)





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Israeli filmmakers David Ofek and Yossi Madmoni write and direct the family drama Ha- Mangalistim (The Barbecue People). The ensemble film revolves around a 1988 family barbecue held in honor of Israel's 40th anniversary. Originally born in Iraq, Arab Jewish patriarch Haim (Victor Ida) lives for his fond memories as a weapons smuggler known as "the Player." Challenged by his rival Ezra (Makram Khouri), Haim travels to the Bronx to reunite with an old relative and see his son Eli (Israel Bright). Meanwhile, his daughter Tikva (Dana Ivgy) has gotten pregnant during her stint with the military and his wife Naima (Raymonde Abecassis) has gotten involved with ex-lover Ezra. Igal Adika stars a man at the barbecue who tells war stories about the 1948 battle between the Arabs and Jews. The Barbecue People was shown at the 2003 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


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A near perfect tale of an Arab-Israeli family gathered together on the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel and the events in the lives of four of the characters that led up to this point in time. The way the various story threads are woven together kept me glued to the screen. As each subsequent thread was picked up and added to the warp and weft, the final tapestry came into clearer view, until at the end, when the family gathers for a photograph, and the final thread gets tied off, we are left with a revealing portrait of a family in crisis that is only now beginning to understand how wounded they all are. A great character study by two young Israeli directors and produced on a shoestring. The only thing keeping me from giving it five stars is that the story relies maybe a little too heavily on fortunate coincidences. The presence of Dana Ivgy is what drew me to this one in the first place, but her role was somewhat minor compared to the other three main protagonists. I found the wife's story particularly poignant, as she tries to recover a part of her that was lost.

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