One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom)

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In the Jewish religion, a week of sitting Shiva (or mourning the deceased) is called for after a funeral. However, for Eyal and Vicky, a week is hardly enough time to properly mourn the loss of their 25-year-old son Ronnie. A married couple edging into the back half of middle age, the two find themselves reacting to the end of Shiva in markedly different ways. A return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, a teacher, as she finds herself back at school trying to abruptly kick out the substitute assigned in her stead. Meanwhile, shopkeeper Eyal opts for a total abdication of routine, as he steals his dead son's bag of medical marijuana, and proceeds to get high, play ping-pong and judge air guitar routines with his neighbor's stoner son Zooler. As the world refuses to accommodate Vicky and Eyal's sensitivities during their time of bereavement -- taxi drivers are still difficult, neighbors are still obnoxious, and grave diggers are just as indifferent as anyone else in the service industry -- the two grieving parents find themselves acting out in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives. Asaph Polonsky's debut feature ONE WEEK AND A DAY juxtaposes the grieving process against the immutable fact that, despite the most painful losses imaginable, the world stops for no one's mourning. With endearing performances from Shai Avivi and Evgenia Dodina as Eyal and Vicky, and Tomer Kapon as Zooler, ONE WEEK AND A DAY provides a nuanced perspective on loss that's as funny as it is insightful.

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"One Week and a Day" has its moments, just not enough of them.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An incredibly tactful tragicomedy from debut writer/director Asaph Polonsky.

Apr 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A squirm comedy set astride a grave - and somehow more moving for its protagonist's inability to grieve the way sane people are supposed to.

Apr 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Resolutely non-psychological and spare with its sharply funny dialogue, One Week and a Day apprehends its walking wounded through their mood swings, their half-assed lurches into elaborate plans we can tell they'll never complete.

Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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It isn't sharp enough to be funny or profound enough to be touching. It meanders from start to finish, searching for a tone that it never quite finds.

Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…

With a title that sounds standard but turns out to be specific, "One Week and a Day" keeps an impeccable balance between absurdity and sadness, comedy and heartbreak.

Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…

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