For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv)
For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv) (2010)

Weaves together the lives of a Palestinian youth, an embittered older man and a religious 17-year-old girl over the course of one weekend in Tel Aviv.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Well-intentioned but philosophically timid, For My Father wants to meditate on the moral reshuffling that can accompany imminent death.

Michelle Orange
Village Voice

Israel seems to have its own form of prestige cinema, where tortured suicide bombers and rending intergenerational conflict signal what period costumes and booming accents might to American viewers.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Each character's complicated motivations challenge some stereotypes and reinforce others. Immediacy is undercut by formulaic elements, lessening the sense of regret.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

For My Father is a rarity indeed: A sweet, sentimental movie about a suicide bomber.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards in 2008, the movie takes a completely apolitical look at the lives of its three main characters, focusing not on their differences but on how, in a way, they are trapped by their cultures.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Probes the greatest miracle of all: the difficult process of turning enemies into friends.

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Ronnie Scheib

Likable but insubstantial.

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

A well-intentioned but only partially successful attempt to illuminate a situation already well-plumbed by such films as the Palestinian-made Paradise Now and the Israeli-made Lemon Tree.

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox

A melodramatic morality play which sends the sobering message that suicide bombing does not pay, especially when you could just as easily seduce as splatter the sexy object of your detonation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Japes .
This movie was really cute in a sad and depressing sort of way. I understand what the director was trying to get at, but at the end all of it seems for nothing.… More
Eduardo Tobias
Deserved those 7 Israeli Oscars even thought critics don't think so. What was best about this foreign film was the writing. A very depressing story. What I… More