Director: Ester Amrami
Starring: Neta Riskin, Golo Euler
A promising start from a new Jewish director Ester Amrami. This film gives us an insight into growing up in a Jewish family in Israel. But you could transport the same family issues to anywhere in the world and you would get the same story. The age old story of breaking away from your parents and finding your own identity in the world. Try doing that with a Jewish mum trying to mold you in her own image and you will be shouting "Serenity Now".
The film is about Noa played by Neta Riskin who leaves her family to live in Germany and do her thesis on "Untranslatable Words". You realize though that she just wants to be anywhere else but Israel. Torn between the freedoms of a western culture that let their children do whatever they want and her own culture to do the right thing and marry a good boy from the village. To make things worse she goes and hooks up with a German fella.
I enjoyed the segments that cut in and out of Noa filming people trying to translate colloquial words that are not easily translatable, but I wasn't too sure where the director was going with this. I didn't see any tie in with the main story. There are some sad scenes with a dying grandmother and it touches also on how strong the events of WWII still have on the citizens of Israel and Germany. ROB