The Other Son

2012

The Other Son (2012)

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"The Other Son" is the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families. (c) Cohen Media

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (23)

It is easy to imagine other, darker, results after the opening accident, but Levy's film, pitched firmly as if it were the only possibility, makes it seem so.

Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…

A humane but emotionally anemic message movie whose dramatic craft doesn't live up to its good intentions.

Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Lévy generally succeeds in creating a compelling, humanistic family drama, even if some viewers may reject the movie's final note of optimism.

Nov 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, it seems, this is not a story about two families, and two lands. It's a story about one family, and one world.

Oct 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

Levy handles with aplomb what could easily have been a messy mix of emotions and politics.

Oct 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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The intention here is plain - we are all human, we can all be family - but Levy weaves the mix of identity crises, cultural mingling and common ground slyly.

Oct 26, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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A compelling drama that relies on the charisma of its two main characters and the way they deal with a delicate situation, but it leaves some loose ends and tries too obviously to make a statement, ending on a rather frustrating, optimistic note.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

An intriguing, well acted story about two boys accidentally switched at birth, and how they and their families discover the truth after one of them applies to be in the military. This is a fascinating coming of age movie concerning identity, religion, politics, and allegiance to one's country, and how to deal with an impossible situation with no simple solution. As said, the acting is really solid, and the handle director Lorraine Levy has on his material is evident. The story hits a few lulls once in a while, but for most of its running time it is arresting, original, and ultimately pretty heart-breaking, even though it ends as positively as it possibly can given the circumstances of the boys and their families.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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Nice movie. Very touching. Good lessons for everyone...rather quickly done ending, though. Hate when they do that.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Obviously the predicament that one's child is not your own would be traumatic news in and of itself. But placing the babies on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and you have a most interesting twist to further complicate matters. French director Lorraine Levy sidesteps a deep discussion of the heated beliefs that underlie the political situation there. Instead the setting allows her to address various topics from a very intimate, personal perspective. In this way, the script suggests political disagreements between countries are more the result of governments fighting and less a cause célèbre of the actual citizens. This is a story about people. It asserts the idea that one's entire identity can be arbitrarily defined simply by geography. How that personality can change over time is also explored. If there is a failing, it's that the saga never fully resonates with the understanding needed to completely empathize with their plight. Despite the best of intentions, the setup feels slightly contrived. Although I was invested in their lives, I didn't experience the clarifying breakthrough that I felt the narrative required. Yet the performances still ring true. The sincerity of the actors elevate the plot past a mere concept created by a writer into a fascinating picture worth watching.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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