The Israel Film Fund Collection

On a Thin Line

84 Minutes, 1980
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Directed by: Michal Bat-Adam
Cast: Gila Almagor, Alex Peleg, Liat Pansky, Avner Hizkiyahu, Aya Veirov
Production Company:Guy Film Productions
Photographer: Nurit Aviv
Original Music: Alex Kagan
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

12-year-old Maya is sent to a kibbutz whilst Nili, her younger sister, is left at home with her parents. Her mother’s (Gila Almagor) behaviour has become increasingly erratic as of late. Her violent mood swings are frequent and her mental state, worryingly fragile. At a certain point, Nili is also sent to live in the kibbutz whilst the mother is sectioned without her eldest daughter’s knowledge.
Michal Bat-Adam’s 1981 film is a moving drama about the inner workings of sanity and mental health, as seen through the eyes of a young girl.

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