Films of Jewish Interest: Hebrew
Movie Recommendations

The Barbecue People. Not rated. 2003. DVD B World (Hebrew)
An Israeli immigrant family is celebrating Independence Day in 1988 by having a small barbecue, but things soon get out of hand.
Big Hit see Shlagger
 
Brave Detective Schwartz. Not rated. 1973.
DVD B World (Hebrew)
Kahana, a banker, suspects his wife is having an affair with the devious Dr. Lux. He hires the notorious Detective Schwartz to catch the cheating couple, but it's not going to be easy. Will Dr. Lux bamboozle everyone and win Kahana's wife as well?
Broken Wings. R. 2002. DVD B World (Hebrew)
An Israeli mother wrestles with her own grief and that of her four children while working two jobs to keep their family together, after the death of her husband. Winner of 9 Israeli Film Academy awards.
Café Tales. Not rated. 2003. DVD C World (Hebrew)
Learning that their neighborhood coffee house is scheduled for demolition, five customers join forces to save their home away from home.
Campfire. Not rated. 2004. DVD C World (Hebrew)
A 42 year-old widowed mother of two teenage daughters wants to join the founding group of a new settlement in the West bank. This is about their struggles with the acceptance committee and their living as an outcast in the settlement.
Charlie v hetzi (Charlie and a half). 2001. Hebrew DVD C
An uncommon comedy about a small time extortionist, his half-pint assistant, and a slick scammer who charm their way through a continuing series of clever cons.
Clean Sweep. Not rated. 2005. DVD C World (Hebrew)
A witty romantic thriller about a policewoman who, while on the job as an underworld decoy, discovers the infuriating truth about her married boss/lover.
Colombian Love. Not rated. 2004. DVD C World (Hebrew)
Three friends try to bridge the gap between love, lust, and marriage. Omer is a happy newlywed until his bride talks about wanting a baby. Uri is caught between his pushy father and the love of his life. Zidane is a ladies' man who meets his match.
Cup Final. Not rated. 2001. DVD C World (Hebrew)
The Israelis have just invaded Lebanon and the World Cup soccer tournament is taking place in Barcelona. Israeli reserve soldier Cohen, a rabid soccer fan, has tickets to the finals but is taken hostage en route to Beirut.
Devarim. Not rated. 1995. DVD D World (Hebrew)
A journey through space and time in Tel Aviv. It focuses on three men whose selfish, desparate activities represent the mood of their generation.
`Ets ha-domim tafus. Not rated. 1995. Hebrew DVD E
A coming of age story based on the autiobiographical memoir by Gila Almagor. It tells the story of a group of teenagers living in a youth village for orphans who survived the Nazi concentration camps. When life becomes unbearable, the teens find refuge under the beautiful Domim Tree.
Fictitious Marriage see Nisu’in fiktiviyim
 
The Flying Camel. Not rated. 2000. DVD F World (Hebrew)
In Tel Aviv, a Jewish professor, an Arab garbage collector, and a nun embark on an adventure in pursuit of their uncommon interests. The film celebrates the differences that distinguish us, and the enduring friendships that emerge when we accept them.
Hairdresser. Not rated. 1984. DVD H World (Hebrew)
Victor, a poor worker with seven kids, and Michel, an upscale gay hairdresser, are identical twins who haven't seen each other for 20 years. Now reunited, they pull off a scam of switched identites that has everyone fooled...or not.
Ha-Kayits shel Aviha (The Summer of Aviya). 1989. Hebrew DVD K
Presents Gila Almagor's autobiographical film, based on her book, about a Holocaust survivor who immigrates with her daughter to the newly founded Israeli state. Aviya is a spunky 10 year old girl who, like her mother, is a survivor in the face of persecution.
Hamsin (Eastern Wind: One Land Two Traditions). Not rated. 1983. VHS H World
The problem of Arab-Jewish relations is portrayed in this study of a Jewish landowner and his Arab worker. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Hill “Halfon” Doesn’t Answer. Not rated. 1975. DVD H World (Hebrew)
A wild comedy about three reservists in the Israeli army committed to serving but unable to stay out of trouble.
Kadosh (Sacred). Not rated. 1999. DVD K World (Hebrew)
The story of two Hasidic sisters in the Mea Shearim area of Jerusalem. Rivka and her husband are deeply in love, but he obeys his rabbi father and divorces her after 10 childless years of marriage. Rivka's sister Malka loves a man who has left Hasidism after joining the army, but accepts the marriage her parents have arranged to the rabbi's assistant.
Kedma. Not rated. 2002. DVD K World (Hebrew)
A group of European Jewish refugees arrive in Palestine in the critical year of 1948. Carried on deck of the freighter, Kedma, they come ashore to find not the Promised Land, but a war torn desert in the bloody throes of transformation into the state of Israel. Rescued from a British Army ambush at beachside by Palmach Jewish guerillas, the refugees are remade into soldiers expected to offer their lives to defend a nation that does not yet exist in a land they have never known.
Kippur. Not rated. 2000. DVD K World (Hebrew)
Film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. We are led on a day that begins with quiet city streets , but ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind.
Kuni Lemel in Tel Aviv. Not rated. 1976. DVD K World (Hebrew)
Grandpa Kuni offers five million dollars to the first of his twin grandsons to marry a nice Jewish woman and move to Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Marital Games. Not rated. 1973. DVD M World (Hebrew)
A popular wise man-folk healer is anxious to marry off his daughter, but she refuses all his suggested suitors.
Nisu’in fiktiviyim (Fictitious Marriage). 1988. Hebrew DVD N
An Israeli man in the midst of a mid-life crisis leaves his family in Jerusalem, travels secretly to Tel Aviv, enters a fictitious marriage, and is mistaken for an Arab laborer.
Operation Grandma. 2001. Hebrew DVD O
Three brothers: a teacher, an electrician, and a career military officer, must make funeral arrangements for their grandmother. A hilarious mock military operation unfolds. Little goes according to plan.
Operation Thunderbolt. Not Rated. 1977. DVD O World (Hebrew)
On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139, enroute from Tel Aviv to Paris, was hijacked by Arab and German terrorists and commandeered to Entebbe, Uganda. The Israeli government negotiates while secretly planning one of the most daring rescues ever attempted.
Or: My Treasure. Not rated. 2004. DVD O World (Hebrew)
Or has a part-time job at a restaurant, but her full-time job is taking care of her mother, whose survival skills have deteriorated after years of prostitution. Now Or must decide if she wants to keep caring for her mother or have a life of her own.
Over the Ocean. Not rated. 1992. DVD O World (Hebrew)
Comedy set in 1962 and narrated from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy whose parents cannot agree whether to move to Canada or remain in Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Pick a Card. Not rated. 1997. DVD P World (Hebrew)
A romantic comedy about an ordinary couple who move from their native town of Afula to Tel Aviv in an attempt to fulfill the man's dream of becoming a magician.
A Place by the Sea. Not rated. 1988. DVD P World (Hebrew)
Released after serving 3 years in prison, a convict settles in a secluded house by the sea, hoping to rekindle the relationship he was forced to abandon.
Return from India. Not rated. 2002. DVD R World (Hebrew)
The story of a young doctor who accompanies his boss and his wife to India to rescue their dying daughter. The magic of India, the unusual relationship between the boss and his wife, and the wife's persistant advances are too powerful to resist.
Shlagger (Big Hit). 1979. Hebrew DVD S
 
Sima the Witch. Not rated. 2003. DVD S World (Hebrew)
A story about the ability of a nice grandmother to grant curses and blessings, and how that ability is used and abused by those around her.
The Summer of Aviya see Ha-Kayits shel Aviha
 
Tel Aviv Stories. Not rated. 1992. DVD T World (Hebrew)
Follow the important moments in the lives of three outspoken and humorous young ladies. One is on the hunt for Mr. Right, one takes hostages in a desperate attempt to find her estranged husband and another puts Tel Aviv on edge trying to save a kitten.
There Was No War in 72. Not rated. 1995. DVD T World (Hebrew)
A coming-of-age tale about the odyssey of every generation: the troubling final moments of youth, before innocence is lost forever.
Time of Favor. Not rated. 2000. DVD T World (Hebrew)
Depicts the stakes behind an Israeli settlement. Menachem is a highly respected soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, who is also a devout student of a controversial settlement leader. Despite doubt and suspicion, Menachem is given permission to lead an Army unit that includes his friend and fellow students. As the Rabbi of Menachem's settlement's agenda, the Army's control, and his friends desperation build to a boil, Menachem's secret passion for the Rabbi's daughter threatens destruction. A violent scheme to blow up Temple Mount puts all allegiances to the test.
The Troupe. Not rated. 1979. DVD T World (Hebrew)
In 1970 Israel, during the height of the War of Attrition, a group of Israeli soldiers with singing talent are formed into an entertainment troupe and sent to the front to raise morale.
2 Kunilemel. Not rated. 1966. DVD S World (Hebrew)
A matchmaker without suitable suitors, look alikes who don't match, and daughters who deceive are the unlikely heroes of this madcap comedy about lovers and other strangers.
Wedding in Galilee. Not rated. 1987. DVD W World (Hebrew)
The elder of a Palestinian village under Israeli military rule, wants permission to hold a traditional wedding for his son that will go past the imposed curfew. The Army commander agrees on the condition that he and his officers be invited as guests of honor at the ceremony.
Women. Not Rated. 1997. DVD W World (Hebrew)
Set in the Sephardic Jewish Community in the Old City of Jerusalem at the end of the 19th century, a woman who still finds herself childless after 15 years of marriage urges her husband to take a second wife who can bear him a child.
Yidl mtn Fidl (Yidl with a Fiddle). Not rated. 1936. DVD Y World (Yiddish)
A young girl, dressed as a boy, goes off with her father and a band of traveling musicians into the Polish countryside.  A classic Yiddish language musical-comedy.
Yom Yom. Not rated. 1998. DVD Y World (Hebrew)
In spite of blood ties to both Jewish and Arab populations, Moshe leads a rootless existence. Grown weary of his wife and ambivalent about his needy young mistress, the only relationships he doesn't complicate are with his parents and best friend.
Yossi & Jagger. Not rated. 2002. DVD Y World (Hebrew)
A sociological study of two men in the Israeli army who are lovers. The others in the unit react to their situation, suspecting, but not always understanding. One will leave the military soon, a few months away, as a snowy and desolate outpost is guarded from attack.

 

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