Floch

85 Minutes, 1972
Genre:
Feature
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Directed by: Dan Wolman
Cast: Avraham Halfi, Ofra Doron, Hanoch Levin, Israel Segal, Arnan Tzafrir, Dvora Kedar, Nathan Cogan
Production:Chaim Zeldis
Production Company:Alden Films & Floch Ltd.
Photographer: Yaackov Kallach
Original Music: Alex Kagan
Language: Hebrew
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Today, director Dan Wolman’s maudlin little comedy that made the official selection for the Venice Film Festival, is mostly remembered for the fact that Wolman co-wrote the script with lauded Israeli playwright, Hanoch Levin. For Levin, this collaboration marked his first-ever foray into screenwriting which he would repeat for the second (and last) time, five years later, when he wrote the script for Vitek Tracz’s Fantasy on a Romantic Theme. Levin also has a brief cameo in the film, playing an eccentric curmudgeonly jewellery shopkeeper.
After his son, daughter, and grandson are all killed in a fatal car crash, elderly Floch (Avraham Chalfi) falls into a deep depression and decides to reboot his life. He leaves his home and wife and embarks on a journey during which he hopes, amongst other things, to meet a new woman. However, his big life reset doesn’t quite go according to plan.
Cinematographer Ya’ackob Kallach is behind Floch’s stunningly expressive black & white camerawork, whereas the film’s touchingly melancholy score was written by Alex Cagan who had worked with Levin multiple times in theatre. Film critic Nathan Gross described in [long-defunct daily paper] Al HaMishmar how the unorthodox combination of Wolman, the director, and Levin – the screenwriter, resulted in a piece that is simultaneously sentimental and brutal.

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