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The celebrated Israeli author Etgar Keret and his wife, screenwriter Shira Geffen, directed this luminous foray into magic realism, Tel Aviv style. A withdrawn, disheveled waitress (Sarah Adler of Marie Antoinette and Notre Musique), abandoned by her boyfriend and out of step with her busy divorced parents, befriends a little girl who's emerged mysteriously from the sea. Across town, an old woman makes trouble for her Filipino caregiver, and newlyweds find their fragile happiness threatened when the husband is distracted by a seductive poet. The locals drift until the outsiders (the child, the caregiver, the poet) evolve into agents of psychological transference. The overlapping stories pulse with a tidal rhythm, the film's sensibility flowing between serious and wry, and there are memorable turns from Assi Dayan as the waitress's henpecked dad and Tzahi Grad as a cop with a nonchalant attitude toward babysitting. In Hebrew with subtitles. 78 min.

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