Meduzot (Jellyfish)
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Meduzot (Jellyfish)
Israeli co-directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen's ensemble comedy drama Meduzot (aka Jellyfish, 2007) weaves together multiple seriocomic tales of intersecting lives, set against the deep azure backdrop of Middle Eastern seascapes. Affording equal emphasis to each tale, Keret and Geffen first hone in on Batya (Sarah Adler), a young woman employed as a caterer, whose firm places strongest emphasis on weddings. As the film opens, Batya breaks up with her boyfriend, and struggles with her supremely dysfunctional, argumentative parents, who correspond with her only by leaving periodic… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jellyfish, with its pervasive sense of mysticism, is anything but standard, predictable storytelling. What is it exactly? Well, you might as well ask a jellyfish."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"A little piece of cinematic poetry."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Keret and Geffen observe situations with such a low-key, spaced-out humor that moments in which their depressed characters finally reach for human connection sneak up on you with unexpected emotion."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"A large number of idiosyncratic and deadpan supporting characters provides amusement around dispirited women floating through sweetly satisfying meanderings."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"...the contrivances ... allow the filmmakers to tell the stories of a number of different characters who would otherwise have no business being in the same film."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Thematically, it's extremely precise, and one of its most compelling themes is the failure, or uselessness, of language."
‑ Jason McBride, Globe and Mail
"Provides a diverting portrait of modern-day Israel, as the filmmakers eschew history, politics and religion to focus instead on more intimate and universal issues of fate, loss and the longing to connect."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"This festival favourite has moments of promise but Jellyfish is lacking, has an unwillingness to completely contextualize the women in this contemporary setting"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"A film that is fresh in both style and story."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"The directors infuse the film with a short story's spare dialogue and tight pacing -- the running time is all of 76 minutes -- while subtle visual motifs and judicious moments of magical realism demonstrate cinema at its most elegant."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Most of the first hour passes without much more forward motion than its namesake. But in the corners and niches of that slow development, we get to know a handful of people, crisply drawn in fast sketches."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A brief, haunting tale of three women in contemporary Tel Aviv, Jellyfish seems to float in its viewers' consciousness; you'll remember its images long afterward."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Explores modern-day loneliness and alienation in Tel Aviv."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There are sharply observed moments of social intercourse and a nice current of realistic honesty. But when I ask myself what it is that these women in the movie want, I come up with bubkes."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Although its title might have some assuming this is a cheap remake of a bad horror B movie from the '50s, Jellyfish is actually quite a reflective and pensive picture."
‑ Jason MacNeil, Jam! Movies
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