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A 20-year-old American Israeli decides to move back to Israel and reconnect with his roots, only to be institutionalized in a mental-health facility constructed on the grounds of a Palestinian village that was massacred by a Jewish militia back in 1948. David Adler (Itay Tiran) has moved back to Israel, but the joy of his homecoming is short-lived when he is committed to a mental institution and injected with a chemo-technological drug at the behest of his father -- a Holocaust survivor and famous musician. Later, blind mental patient Muselmann, who serves as a conduit between the worlds of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is a hodgepodge of plots and styles, a fault compounded by stiff acting and, except for a few scenes, wooden direction."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"David's trauma, madness, and recovery is arranged as a puzzle of dreams, flashbacks, hallucinations, and strikingly choreographed numbers that, while occasionally dazzling, remains in pieces at film's end."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"Isn't it time to accept that narrative film may not be the best way to deal with complicated socio-political issues like the Israel-Palestine conflict?"
‑ Matt Noller, Slant Magazine
"A metaphorical Israeli trauma sanctuary built over a massacred Palestinian village, and a raw yet mystical inquiry into the thin line between war and murder, and how combat multiples rather than eradicates enemies. Jewish guilt, Israeli style."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The message may be clear -- suppress the past at your peril -- but the execution is a mess."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"While the subject of this Israeli feature is riveting and the intention honorable, the narrative strategy and technical execution leave much to be desired."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film's laudable attempts to encompass the far-reaching quagmire of Jewish tribal identity, politics and psychology could have a profound effect on the audiences who do find it."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"Forgiveness feels like a high-concept stage play, the kind of well-meant but pretentious project where grand themes are worked out in a claustrophobic setting among a small cast."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Builds on real macabre coincidences to pile on symbolism higher and higher in time-tripping phantasmagoria of flashbacks, nightmares,fantasy and occasional credibility."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Its originality is stunted by a hodgepodge of pretentious scenes."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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