Jaffa (2009)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

An absorbing and touching family drama set in the Israeli seaside town of the title.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The battle between love and hatred for Arabs in one Jewish family in Jaffa.

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Jay Weissberg

"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.

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an engaging, sporadically enthralling little drama...

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Dan Fainaru
Screen International

Jaffa's schematic plot, predictably developed with stock characters that are never fleshed out, is insufficient to carry her pallid observations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Very slow moving drama...but very engaging, and moving, to say the least. The story is well told, and I found myself feeling bad for everyone involved. This is… More
Mark Abell
A solid performance, reuniting two of this viewer's favorite Israeli actresses, Dana Ivgy and Ronit Elkabetz, mark this film that delves into the hatreds… More