You can tart up a predictable plot arc with distinctive cultural or thematic components, but when push comes to shove, you’ve still got a predictable plot arc. Thomas (Tim Kalkhof), a baker at a Berlin café, begins an affair with Oren (Roy Miller), a married Jerusalem-based businessman; when Oren dies in an accident, Thomas moves to Jerusalem and insinuates himself into the life of Anat (Sarah Adler), Oren’s widow. Writer/director Ofir Raul Graizer dips his toes into interesting material about trying to replace the missing people in your life, as even Oren’s mother begins treating Thomas as a surrogate son. But both Thomas and Anat remain frustratingly enigmatic as their relationship develops, offering too little in their performances to carry the characters beyond the basic plot dynamics. And perhaps if you’ve never seen another movie of this kind before, you won’t recognize where those plot dynamics must inevitably go. The enigmatic conclusion might be the exception, except that it becomes yet another reminder that just because you don’t understand why people are making the choices they make, it doesn’t make the experience profound.
Director: Ofir Graizer
Producer: Mathias Schwerbrock and Itai Tamir
Cast: Sarah Adler, Zohar Shtrauss, Tim Kalkhof, Sandra Sade, Roy Miller, Stephanie Stremler, Tagel Eliyahu, Tamir Yehuda and Eliezer Shimon