Ha-Mangalistim (The Barbecue People) (2003)
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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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