Operation Grandmother

50 Minutes, 1999
Short Film
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Directed by: Dror Shaul
Cast: Rami Heuberger, Ami Smolartchik, Tsach Shpitsen, Rozina Cambos, Einat Weitzman, Hugo Yarden, Rotem Abuhab, Eyal Rozales
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Dror Shaul’s kibbutz-centric comedy was produced as part of Israeli cabler, Channel 3’s ‘Sunday Dramas’ programming block, and later became a bona fide cult classic, referenced and quoted in perpetuity, both by diehard fans who have rewatched it time and again, and new first-time viewers who are only just discovering it. The film is an utterly unhinged farce which follows the story of three brothers, each of whom is radically different to the other – there’s the elite unit military officer, a cable TV installation technician, and a youth counsellor – who must now take over their departed grandmother’s funeral arrangements after the kibbutz unceremoniously washes its hands of the whole thing.
Operation Grandma won an Ophir Award for Best Made for TV Film and is behind several timeless quotes, now forever etched into collective Israeli consciousness including “Granny Chaya is dead [a Hebrew pun as Chaya also means ‘alive’ – EE],” “You want to come to my room? A cup of coffee, fuck of tea?”, and “You’ve been towed, you right pair of twits.”

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