PRODS Leon Edery, Moshe Edery, Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske
SCR Tom Shoval
CAM Yaron Scharf
ED Joel Alexis
PROD DES Carmela Sandersson
PROD CO Green Productions / ONE TWO Films / United King Films
Unable to stand by and witness the collapse of their middle-class family due to economic hardship, teenaged brothers Shaul and Yaki (eerily and perfectly played by nonprofessionals Eitan and David Cunio) hatch a rash plan: using the army rifle issued to Yaki now that he is about to start his obligatory military stint, the boys kidnap a young woman.
Combining elements of the coming-of-age story, the family drama and the thriller, director Tom Shoval fashions a film full of striking tonal shifts, where humour, sentiment and tragedy are expertly woven together. Asked about this genre-shifting strategy Shoval replied: "I wanted the film to move brutally from one thing to its opposite, to speak to this polarized state of being known as ’youth,’ where joy turns to depression with barely any warning. These upheavals create a sense of danger as well, of surprise and inability to guess the next move… This shifting between cinematic moods, which resembles the shift between the underground shelter [where the boys hide their victim] and the third floor apartment [where the boys live], the evil in the shelter vs. the tender warmth of the Cooper family, creates a duality that is the film’s beating heart."
"A fetching addition to the Israeli panorama, an offbeat but not completely downbeat dramedy and coming-of-age tale that incidentally portrays the suburban class struggle and decline of the country’s middle class.”—Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter