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Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel Aviv. Ruthie calls Or "my treasure," but Ruthie is a burden. She's just out of hospital, weak, and Or has found her a job as a house cleaner. The call of the quick money on the street is tough for Ruthie to ignore. Or's emotions roil further when the mother of the youth she's in love with comes to the flat to warn her off. With love fading and Ruthie perhaps beyond help, Or's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Her movie is indeed ambitious and her goals admirable. But sometimes it seems more position paper than cinema."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"This movie seems to be meditating on the whys and hows of the spoiling process -- raising more questions than can possibly be answered, and in this sense, at least, far from dogmatic."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Yedaya is respectful and sensitive of everyone in Or's life and creates a beautiful, complex and rich relationship between mother and daughter..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Yedaya's starkly photographed first feature is as much a social statement as a character study."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"OR observes a moral and psychological distance form its characters that is maddeningly, heartbreakingly irresolute."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A work of exceptional subtlety and is all the more captivating and heart-rending for being so."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Ms. Yedaya may have made a subtler and more interesting film about prostitution than she originally intended."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Detail after detail, Yedaya charts the emotional push-pull between daughter and mother and their internal turmoils."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Its broken heart of gold is in the right place."
‑ , E! Online
"Yedaya's stark, rigorously naturalistic style recalls neorealism, but she tells her sad tale without an ounce of the usual sentimentality."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Yedaya drowns her characters in realist grit, a colorless screenplay and no score to speak of, rendering this open book of a movie alienating in all the wrong ways."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Even as Or joins an escort service and begins to follow in her mother's footsteps, Yedaya holds out hope that the girl will stop trying to rescue Mom and save herself."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A worthy downer, marred only by a queasy feel of exploitation in the final frames. In Yedaya's world, nobody gets off easy, including the audience."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"The problem is not that the film is depressing or that the characters are doomed, but that it lacks a broader political context to illuminate the problem of prostitution"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Acted and directed with uncommon psychological realism."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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