Rialto Movie Of The Week: Broken Wings
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An Israeli film that could take place in any first world city, Broken Wings is a moving, acutely perceptive picture of family dynamics thrown into chaos by the loss, nine months earlier, of an adored father and husband. Dominated by the rocky relationship of mother and teenage daughter, the family is redefining itself through trial and error. Dafna, the mother, struggling to make ends meet, works as a midwife, leaving 17-year-old Maya to act as surrogate mother to 11-year-old Ido and 6-year-old Bahr. Brother Yair has dropped out of school at 16 and found a job commensurate with his world view, handing out leaflets dressed as a giant mouse. Maya is a promising songwriter, but the boys in the band consider her family duties a cop out. Her fury at this injustice provokes a crisis of heart-stopping suspense: the anxiety for emotional rescue becomes almost palpable. The actors thrive with writer/director Nir Bergman's tellingly detailed script and illuminate the volatile density of family relationships with a clarity that is as rare as it is gratifying.
Rating: M - Offensive language, sexual references & drug use - In Hebrew with English subtitles, 83 mins
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