Forgiveness (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 11, 2006
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The result is a hodgepodge of plots and styles, a fault compounded by stiff acting and, except for a few scenes, wooden direction.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

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.

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Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

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?

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The message may be clear -- suppress the past at your peril -- but the execution is a mess.

Emanuel Levy

While the subject of this Israeli feature is riveting and the intention honorable, the narrative strategy and technical execution leave much to be desired.

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Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

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.

Nora Lee Mandel

Builds on real macabre coincidences to pile on symbolism higher and higher in time-tripping phantasmagoria of flashbacks, nightmares,fantasy and occasional credibility.

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Harvey S. Karten

Its originality is stunted by a hodgepodge of pretentious scenes.

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