Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Israel/Sweden, 2004. Israeli Film Fund, Lama Films, Fond Européen Média, Hot, Lama Productions, United King Films. Screenplay by Gal Uchovsky. Cinematography by Tobias Hochstein. Produced by Amir Harel, Gal Uchovsky. Music by Ivri Lider. Production Design by Avi Fahima, Christoph Merg. Costume Design by Rona Doron, Peter Pohl. Film Editing by Yosef Grunfeld.
After losing his wife to suicide, Israeli intelligence officer Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi) is taken off his high-profile assignments and instructed to chase the whereabouts of an old Nazi who disappeared in South America after the war. In an effort to find out if the old man has attempted to return to Europe or not, Eyal poses as a travel agent in order to get close to the criminal’s grandchildren when the grandson comes to visit his sister who now lives on a Kibbutz. In the process of getting to know these two people, Eyal is inspired to look at the life of killing he has created for himself and take steps towards recovering his soul. The characters are immensely appealing, the photography is gorgeous and the emotions are tactile; this film works on all levels, politically, dramatically and aesthetically. Ashkenazi is compelling as Eyal, while Caroline Peters is instantly amiable as the granddaughter.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2004