The Other Son Reviews

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August 6, 2019
The Other Son, while it conceivably manages to warrant discussion, dances around the darker implications it barely hints at.
December 20, 2018
The Other Son seems tailor-made to make a point. And that wishful thinking takes the power away from what might have been a subtle, but more effective, film.
September 28, 2013
The ancient question of nature versus nurture is dramatically explored in "The Other Son," a memorable film about the concept of two infants being accidentally switched at birth.
June 30, 2013
The Other Son is a hopeful, affective humanistic drama; infused with the incalculable weight of ideology and history.
June 17, 2013
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.
May 4, 2013
This moving, emotionally concise human drama is easily one of the most remarkable films about the unending conflict in the Middle East.
April 27, 2013
Somehow Levy - and her actors - avoid sentimentality and trite homilies. The Other Son explores the age-old nature vs. nurture divide, and ends up as refutation of ignorance and hate.
April 26, 2013
Some have accused Levy's pic of navete, and yet this isn't trying to make bold, heavy political statements, as the director is more interested in the human side of a perhaps unlikely but intriguing plot set-up.
April 17, 2013
The Other Son is an interesting, life-affirming story.
February 15, 2013
The film goes to great lengths to make us believe its premise, and then use it to make a humane and surprisingly hopeful film about Israeli-Palestinian relations.
December 14, 2012
The actors are all excellent, the storytelling compassionate, and the overall sense one takes from the film is more humane than political.
November 28, 2012
At times, certain supporting characters come off as mouthpieces for political points of view, but Levy isn't making a polemic, and her ultimate message is positive and humane.
November 18, 2012
Though lacking subtlety, the story conveys a rare sensitivity and compassion. But what divides humans historically are more complex issues of power and domination. And shouldn't be buried, even in fiction, under sentimental appeals which change nothing.
November 16, 2012
The movie doesn't need to preach a "we're all equal" message. When we watch the boys bond with their new kin over food or music, then see the lines of Palestinians plodding through armed checkpoints to reach jobs or visit Israeli friends, we get the point.
November 15, 2012
The concept feels very designed-to-teach-us-lessons, but the execution is surprisingly graceful.
November 13, 2012
A provocative, moving social drama, superbly thought out and well acted by its cast.
November 9, 2012
What makes an Israeli or Palestinian?
November 6, 2012
Compelling and emotional, exploring many facets of self-identity.
November 2, 2012
Lvy generally succeeds in creating a compelling, humanistic family drama, even if some viewers may reject the movie's final note of optimism.
November 1, 2012
How the sons begin to share each other's lives is sensitively portrayed, and the film's more original than the usual Romeo and Juliet personalization of the regional divide.
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