Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Ha-Buah
Israel, 2006. Uchovsky Fox, Metro Productions, Ronen Ben-Tal Films, Feingold Productions, Israeli Film Fund, Keshet Hot. Screenplay by Gal Uchovsky, Eytan Fox. Cinematography by Yaron Scharf. Produced by Ronen Ben Tal, Amir Feingold, Gal Uchovsky. Music by Ivri Lider. Production Design by Oren Dar, Ido Dolev. Costume Design by Oren Dar. Film Editing by Yosef Grunfeld, Yaniv Raiz. Toronto International Film Festival 2006.
Tel Aviv singletons Noam, Yelli and Lulu are thrown into a potentially messy situation when Noam hooks up with Palestinian Ashraf and the two begin a sexy affair based on their instant attraction. Things get even messier when the two realize they love each other deeply, but life back home in Palestine and the legal possibility of Ashraf’s staying in the city thwart the possibility of a ride off into the sunset for both of them. Meanwhile Lulu is growing tired of being taken advantage of by her emotionally standoffish boyfriend and Yelli is having a hard time resisting a macho country bumpkin whom he met while interviewing potential employees for the restaurant where he works. Eytan Fox (Yossi & Jagger, Walk On Water) has created a deliciously lightweight romantic comedy that takes an uncomfortable turn towards the melodramatic in its final third (even if it is, unfortunately, realistic and necessary to reinforce the film’s message). Until that point the viewer is carried along by the lovable characters, the genuine heat between the two lovers at the centre, and the wonderful performances (especially Daniella Wircer as Lulu, the ‘Israeli Carrie Bradshaw’).