(out of 5)
The title is the name of a ship that brings refugees to a newly forming Israel following the devastation of life for Jews in Europe during World War II. People barely clinging to survival arrive in a land already overcome with strife, shot at by the English while all around them are Arabs fleeing from Jewish settlements. Encounters between all groups bring no end of conflict, captured beautifully by Amos Gitai’s incredible talent for long tracking shots that are performed smoothly and encompass a wide scope of personal and political action. None of the characterizations really stick, however, either because they are drawn too vaguely or because Gitai, in his desire to not be manipulative, stays too far away from them and the action is only periodically involving. The reasonable running time of less than two hours feels like it takes ages to get itself over with.
Directed by Amos Gitai
Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis
Production Design by Eitan Levi
Costume Design by Laura Dinolesko
Film Editing by Kobi Netanel