Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America)
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Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America)
In Tel Aviv, Israel, in the early 1960s, a Jewish family still chafes from the wounds it endured in the Holocaust. So begins Israeli director Hanan Peled's period drama Dear Mr. Waldman (AKA Michtavim Le America, 2006). At the center of the family unit stands 10-year-old Hilik, who sees it as his mission to pool his resources with those of his brother and help their parents bury the nightmare of the concentration camps. The father, Moishe's, trauma may be more deep-rooted than it appears, however; not only is he unable to free himself from the grip of the Holocaust, he lives with the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Poignant coming of age movie about a ten year old boy and his father, an Auschwitz survivor."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"A kind of Cinema Paradiso in old Tel Aviv, as a young boy imagines through exposure to far too many movies, that he possesses his own inner gladiator Spartacus, who can make his disintegrating world whole again."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Peled's film allows us to realize damaged men and women at a vital stage in life, trying to raise a young family while at the same time being plagued by memories of evil beyond words."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Could have been a terrifically important commentary on Israeli identify instead of just a mostly appealing character drama."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...the increasingly familiar trajectory of the story becomes awfully difficult to overlook."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A film with some rough edges, but also some promise. Under the comedy this is a sad and tender story."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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