Jaffa
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This French-German-Israeli co-production helmed by director Keren Yedaya observes the heartbreaking tragedy that erupts from an affair between a young Jewish woman and an Arab mechanic. Mali Wolf (Dana Ivgy) is the daughter of garage proprietor Reuven (Moni Moshonov) and his wife Osnat (Ronit Elkabetz); Reuven employs two Arabs, father and son Hassan (Hussein Yassin Mahajneh) and Tawfik (Mahmoud Shalaby) at his shop. He shows them basic respect, though an undercurrent of racial hostility bubbles beneath the surface among all concerned. Meanwhile, Mali and Tawfik nurture a discreet relationship… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An absorbing and touching family drama set in the Israeli seaside town of the title."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"The battle between love and hatred for Arabs in one Jewish family in Jaffa."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
""Jaffa" is modeled on semi-glossy Egyptian mellers, but Yedaya lets the air out, leaving empty characters with no connections to each other or the audience. Best seen as a temporary blip in a promising career."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"...an engaging, sporadically enthralling little drama..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Jaffa's schematic plot, predictably developed with stock characters that are never fleshed out, is insufficient to carry her pallid observations."
‑ Dan Fainaru, Screen International
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