Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi
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A teenager discovers he may be a genius, which turns out to be a less-than-welcome surprise to his family, in this comedy-drama from Israel. Shlomi (Oshri Cohen) is a 17-year-old boy who has unwittingly become the most important member of his household -- with his mildly-paranoid father (Albert Illouz) divorced from his mother (Esti Zakhem), busy supporting the family as a nurse. Shlomi cheerfully looks after his aging grandfather, cooks the meals, keeps tabs on his brother, Doron (Jonathan Rozen), and tries to keep the house clean. With so much going on, Shlomi doesn't have much time for… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Zarhin has a fine ear for dialogue with refreshing directness and loud rings of truth, but he also knows when to let looks speak volumes."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Where writer-director Zarhin excels is in offhanded human comedy -- in the craziness that comes with being a teenager in a house full of lunatics to whom you're related."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"What it's really about is a subject anyone who has ever been an adolescent can relate to: the period when you start to take responsibility for what kind of person you are and what kind of life you're going to have."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Though its destination is entirely predictable, the warm-hearted picture proves a quite pleasant vehicle for getting there."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Like its protagonist, Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is slow to reveal its charms."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"An Israeli Good Will Hunting, a feel-good movie about an unassuming teen and the machinations necessary to reveal his hidden genius."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Oshri Cohen has such a gentle way about him - it works well for a character that would gladly be the caregiver for the world."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Has an easy sentimentality that becomes grating, playing heavily on conventional devices, suffering from lack of risk-taking and an irrelevant poetic refrain that, to be charitable, doesn't translate that well to English."
‑ Gabriel Cohen DeVries, Film Journal International
"The story in director Shemi Zarhin's film proves predictable and a little too delighted with its own quirkiness."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Zarhin's episodic, unpredictable film is life-affirming."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A warm exception to coming-of-age stories that accent the tacky and vulgar aspects of adolescent awakening."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The moral is muddled, never quite knowing which way to turn, and that hurts this otherwise sweet family tale."
‑ , E! Online
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