The Lover

88 Minutes, 1986
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Directed by: Michal Bat-Adam
Cast: Gaon Yehoram, Michal Bat-Adam, Roberto Pollak, Fanny Lovitch, Avigail Arieli
Production:Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
Production Company:G.G. Israel Studios Jerusalem Ltd, Noah Films
Photographer: David Gurfinkel
Original Music: Dov Seltzer
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A big-screen adaptation of A.B. Yehoshua’s best-selling novel of the same title. Gabriel, an Argentinian volunteer, arrives in Israel to claim a sizeable inheritance from his dying grandmother. He takes her rare automobile to Adam’s garage to have it serviced but does not have money to pay for the job. Adam suggests that Gabriel settle his debt by helping his wife, Asia, with some Hebrew-to-Spanish translations for her PhD dissertation. Gabriel and Asia soon fall in love and start having an affair. When the Yom Kippur War breaks out, Adam urges Gabriel to enlist. When the war eventually ends, Gabriel fails to return. When Adam realises the depths of his wife, Asia’s grief, he teams up with Naim, his Arab worker, and the two set off to find Gabriel. Adam and Asia’s daughter, Daphna, also joins them on this journey and before long, she and Naim start to grow closer.

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