My Michael

81 Minutes, 1975
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Directed by: Dan Wolman
Cast: Oded Kotler , Efrat Lavie
Production:David Lipkind, Shlomi Cohen
Photographer: Adam Greenberg
Language: Hebrew
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Dan Wolman’s quiet, understated film is a big screen adaptation of award-winning Israeli author, Amos Oz’s bestselling novel of the same title. After the war, Hannah – a literature student, takes a tumble down a flight of stairs at university. Michael, a geology student, comes to her aid. And thus, a friendship between the two is born, which later blossoms into a romantic relationship. Hannah falls pregnant and the pair move in together to one of Jerusalem’s rougher neighbourhoods. They have the child; the relationship suffers and deteriorates to a point where any and all interactions between the two are reduced to a bare minimum. Life turns utterly bleak, and Hannah feels as though every day is a repeat of its predecessor. She starts to fade and dissociate from reality, but underneath her quiet and reserved façade a storm is brewing. In the background, all the while, is Jerusalem in all its beautiful and equally ugly glory, as captured by cinematographer Adam Greenberg.

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