Meduzot (Jellyfish) (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Meduzot (Jellyfish)
Jellyfish, with its pervasive sense of mysticism, is anything but standard, predictable storytelling. What is it exactly? Well, you might as well ask a jellyfish.
Thematically, it's extremely precise, and one of its most compelling themes is the failure, or uselessness, of language.
Most of the first hour passes without much more forward motion than its namesake. But in the corners and niches of that slow development, we get to know a handful of people, crisply drawn in fast sketches.
Provides a diverting portrait of modern-day Israel, as the filmmakers eschew history, politics and religion to focus instead on more intimate and universal issues of fate, loss and the longing to connect.
A brief, haunting tale of three women in contemporary Tel Aviv, Jellyfish seems to float in its viewers' consciousness; you'll remember its images long afterward.
Audience Reviews for Meduzot (Jellyfish)
I agree with the positive remarks about this very good movie. Two things that lingered in my memory were: the under water scene where Batya was reaching out to the little girl and the haunting closing music.
A very fine film co-directed by one of Israel's most compellingly offbeat writers, Etgar Keret (whom I met once, actually). Despite a few clichés here and there, this is overall a quite enthralling work. And it's great to see veteran Israeli actors Assi Dayan and (especially welcome) Zaharira Harifai.
Enchanting and intriguing. The Israeli version of the converging story line executed quite effectively.
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