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The Kind Words

Three grown children of a broken Israeli family grieve for their mother, who has died of cancer; reject their father, who deserted her for a younger woman; and grapple with the news that their true biological father may be a French-Algerian filmmaker from their mother's past. This revelation is telegraphed so aggressively in the first half of the movie that it barely constitutes a surprise, but director Shemi Zarhin (Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi) is less interested in suspense than in the family members' quirks, and a nicely ambiguous ending affirms his seriousness of purpose. Finely characterized but sluggishly paced, the movie focuses on issues of fertility and generation, with an attendant air of self-absorption. In Hebrew with subtitles.



  • Shemi Zarhin


  • Rotem Zissman-Cohen
  • Roy Assaf
  • Assaf Ben-Shimon
  • Tsahi Halevi


  • Osnat Handelsman-Keren
  • Talia Kleinhendler
  • Martin Paul-Hus

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