Orhim le-rega (Off-White Lies) (2012)




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After years of living apart from her dad, Libby, an introverted yet sharp-witted teenager, is sent to live with him is Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Libby quickly discovers that her dad, Shaul, is an infantile eccentric, and that he is 'in-between apartments' (in other words, homeless). Shaul comes up with a creative plan to put a roof over their heads - they pose as refugees from the bombarded northern region of Israel, and are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. Finally in a 'normal' household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can't last forever, especially as Libby unleashes teenage fury at the lies permeating her life; those she must tell now, and those she's been fed since childhood. (c) Film Movement
Art House & International , Drama
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Elya Inbar
as Libby
Tzahi Grad
as Gideon
Arad Yeini
as Yuval
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Critic Reviews for Orhim le-rega (Off-White Lies)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The performances are so uniformly good that it's a shame the characters are stuck with such a listless plot.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Making the most of its likable leads, the script (by Ms. Kenig and Dana Dimant) maintains an amused, nonjudgmental tone ...

December 6, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Perhaps because of the film's concern with never overplaying its dramatic hand, the resolution feels too perfunctory ...

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Village Voice
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A fairly generic father-daughter story ...

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The performances, especially by Bentwich and Inbar, are wonderful. And Kenig is clearly a director to watch.

Full Review… | March 22, 2016
Jerusalem Post

An Israeli drama about a father-daughter reunion that is twisted by lies and high expectations.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Orhim le-rega (Off-White Lies)


Why improvisation is an important life skill. Lovely little relationship comedy which hews an honest path through a dishonest forest. Elya Inbar and Gur Bentvich are perfectly credible in portraying the familial relationship.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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