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Broken Wings (2003)

Cast: Orli Zilberschatz-Banai, Orli Zilberschatz-Banai, Maya Maron, more...
Director: Nir Bergman, Nir Bergman
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Middle East, Israel
Running Time: 84 min.
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Nir Bergman's debut feature, K'Nafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings), chronicles the problems of an Israeli family attempting to come to terms with the death of the husband and father. Nine months after her father's untimely passing, 17-year-old Maya (Maya Maron) spends much of her time helping to raise her younger brother and sister, as mother Dafna (Orli Zilberschatz-Banai) has to work as much as possible at the hospital. While each character struggles with his or her fears and dreams, the family's emotional and financial situation grows dire. Broken Wings was screened at both the Berlin Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A real family film by talltale July 25, 2004 - 10:13 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
As a "family" film (and by that I mean a film about families--not the usual Hollywood twaddle that becomes a family film simply by ruling out any sex or foul language), BROKEN WINGS is impressive. It tosses you into the midst of an Israeli family about to go into crisis mode. As my partner pointed out immediately after our viewing, this could have been a family in any western country--which makes it pretty unusual, given the more overtly political nature of many Israeli films that reach our shores. It is superbly acted and written, with every character expertly delineated. I unhesitatingly recommend this one, especially to foreign film buffs who enjoy experiencing how lives are lived abroad. The only thing that keeps it from being an even better movie is some unfortunate predictability as it draws to a close. Otherwise, BROKEN WINGS is utterly enjoyable: moving, funny and real.

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