429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA
July 24, 2012 6:15 pm Castro Theater 429 Castro St.
San Francisco, California
Join Rabbi Lerner and others from Beyt Tikkun as we attend the SF Jewish Film Festival at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. You will need to buy your tickets ASAP--this very likely will be a sell-out. Go to this website: http://www.sfjff.org/ and click on the calendar date July 24 to order tickets on-line.
The Other Son
North American Premiere
Directed by Lorraine Lévy
Edited by Sylvie Gadmer. Cinematography by Emmanuel Soyer.
With Emmanuelle Davos, Jules Sitruk and Pascal Elbe.
France, 2011. In Arabic, English, French and Hebrew with English subtitles. 105mins.
Sponsored by the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund
How would one go about approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a way that transcends the history and politics and delves deeper towards our shared humanity? Not an easy task, but one that writer-director Lorraine Lévy has achieved with great aplomb in the remarkable and profound The Other Son. The high concept premise is quite ingenious. When 18-year-old Joseph takes a blood test in preparation for military service, it reveals that he cannot be the biological son of his two parents, French physician Orith and Israeli army commander Alon. A subsequent visit to the Haifa hospital where he was born resolves the mystery: Joseph was switched at birth with Yassin, the child of a Palestinian family on the West Bank.
The film examines how both families grapple with this bombshell and how they reconcile with having raised and loved the son of their adversary. Despite its melodramatic setup, the film avoids sentimentality and through a focus on familial relationships, shows the human cost of the conflict. You cannot watch this film without feeling deeply for both families as their most primal relationships are being upended.
While nothing can dampen both mothers’ love for their children, it is the other family members, particularly the fathers that have the most trouble adapting to this new reality. Everyone is forced to reconsider their identities, values and beliefs. Restrained and nuanced performances from the entire multinational cast (led by Emmanuelle Davos as Orith) elevate this memorable and touching family drama into an unforgettable viewing experience. A must-see for parents and for grown children. In other words, for everyone. Actor Jules Sitruk in person and Actor Pascal Elbe invited.