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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 15, 2005
Yedaya is respectful and sensitive of everyone in Or's life and creates a beautiful, complex and rich relationship between mother and daughter...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 15, 2005
Detail after detail, Yedaya charts the emotional push-pull between daughter and mother and their internal turmoils.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 15, 2005
A worthy downer, marred only by a queasy feel of exploitation in the final frames. In Yedaya's world, nobody gets off easy, including the audience.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2005
Her movie is indeed ambitious and her goals admirable. But sometimes it seems more position paper than cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
July 15, 2005
Yedaya's starkly photographed first feature is as much a social statement as a character study.
| Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
July 15, 2005
Its broken heart of gold is in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2005
A work of exceptional subtlety and is all the more captivating and heart-rending for being so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 14, 2005
Yedaya drowns her characters in realist grit, a colorless screenplay and no score to speak of, rendering this open book of a movie alienating in all the wrong ways.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 5, 2005
This movie seems to be meditating on the whys and hows of the spoiling process -- raising more questions than can possibly be answered, and in this sense, at least, far from dogmatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
The problem is not that the film is depressing or that the characters are doomed, but that it lacks a broader political context to illuminate the problem of prostitution
| Original Score: B-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 23, 2005
Ms. Yedaya may have made a subtler and more interesting film about prostitution than she originally intended.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
June 21, 2005
OR observes a moral and psychological distance form its characters that is maddeningly, heartbreakingly irresolute.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
June 3, 2005
Yedaya's stark, rigorously naturalistic style recalls neorealism, but she tells her sad tale without an ounce of the usual sentimentality.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 3, 2005
Even as Or joins an escort service and begins to follow in her mother's footsteps, Yedaya holds out hope that the girl will stop trying to rescue Mom and save herself.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 3, 2005
A raw drama from Israeli director Keren Yedaya.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 2, 2005
Acted and directed with uncommon psychological realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 1, 2005
Or (My Treasure), a new Israeli movie, is a film about prostitution, but its models aren't other movies. Instead, the details of its heroine's work have the ugliness of real life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
May 31, 2005
With a cool head and level gaze, Keren Ye-daya's stark first feature attempts a Bressonian trajectory of tragic inevitability.
Kent Turner
May 26, 2005
[Director/writer Keren] Yedaya offers no facile explanations, which may be frustrating to some, but bluntly thought provoking to others.
Full Review | Original Score: '3/5'
Harvey S. Karten
May 19, 2005
A depressing look at life among some working-class women in Israel.
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