Friday, April 24, 2009

THE BAND'S VISIT

by Tobias
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All hail the arrival of writer/director Eran Kolirin! A bright new filmmaking talent in the independent wry comedy mold of Jim Jarmusch. Though influenced by many cinema fountainheads, I don't feel like there is really another Israeli film quite like the tone or craft of this one out there. Its simple story of ordinary lives and ethnic relations in the small town of Beit Hatikva bridges a strange gap between great sadness and humorous deadpan. It manages to address the tensions between Arabs and Israelis in an oddly restrained manner that's tender and unique. It's a very welcome change in attitude from the current hateful, angry and continuosly heated climate that oozes from the media. At the center of Kolirin's refreshing debut is a wounded humanist soul that wants only the strength to carry on living another day. One of my favorite foreign films released in the U.S. in 2008.

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