A family gets entangled in the dark powers that shape life in today’s Israel. Although they mean well: father David can’t find his feet in consumer society after years in the army; mother Rina wants to introduce some beauty and culture to young people as a teacher of literature. Yet they overstep moral boundaries. David accidentally shoots a young Palestinian dead; his wife has an affair with a pupil. Their socially committed, activist daughter Ifat gets involved in illegal activities. And son Omri takes excessive revenge on a fellow pupil. 
This is the result of living in a society where you can only be culprit or victim, according to Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit, 2007) in this undercooled drama. He slowly builds up the tension with a classic, sober narrative style that is occasionally interrupted by almost poetic scenes, such as an evacuation exercise at school choreographed as a ballet scene.

Original title
Me'ever laharim vehagvaot
Filmmaker
Eran Kolirin
Country
Israel, Germany, Belgium
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Hebrew
Producer
Yochanan Kredo, Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yossi Uzrad, Lisa Shiloach, Guy Jacoel
Production Company
July August Productions, Entre Chien et Loup, Match Factory Productions
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Writer
Eran Kolirin
Cinematography
Shai Goldman
Editor
Arik Lahav-Leibovich
Production Design
Miguel Merkin
Music
Asher Goldschmidt
Cast
Alon Pdut, Mili Eshet, Shiree Nadav-Naor, Noam Imber, Yoav Rothman, Ala Dakka, Mohamed Name