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Compulsive womanizer Cesar (Assi Dayan, the actor son of Israel Defense Minister Moshe Dayan), inertia-bound pianist Israel (Amos Schub), and mamma's boy Goldman (Gitai) share friendship, fading youth and diminishing expectations. But when Goldman's father dies, their stagnant lives begin to transform. Israel is seduced by Ella, Cesar's lover and muse. Cesar clumsily reaches back into the relationship debris behind him in search of a meaningful connection. Goldman trades his suffocating family responsibilities for a wander through Tel Aviv's hot summer night. Whether paralyzed by self-doubt or giving into self-indulgent hedonism, each man confronts a freedom they are not sure how to use.

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  • Actors: Gabi Beniashvilly, Samuel Calderon, Helena Cherkasov, David Cohen, Yuval Cohen
  • Directors: Amos Gitai
  • Writers: Gilad Evron, Madi Levy, Ya'ackov Shabatai
  • Producers: Laurent Truchot, Roberto Cicutto, Shuki Friedman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3AAU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,621 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Devarim" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Note: Hebrew with English subtitles.

Synopsis: The '95 Israeli film `Devarim' (meaning: memory of things) is the first of three by writer/director/actor Amos Gita, (followed by `Yom Yom' '98 and `Kadosh' '99) which comprise his City Trilogy. The story unfolds in contemporary Tel Aviv focusing on three disillusioned, thirty-something friends; Cesar (played by Assi Dayan, son of the legendary Moshe Dayan), a moderately successful photographer and woman chaser, Israel (Amos Schub), an underachieving pianist and Goldman (Amos Gita), your everyday Mama's boy. When Goldman's Father dies the three men wake up to the reality that life is temporary and death eventually awaits us all. Soon there life paths are laid bare in this onslaught of newly obtained self-awareness and how they have been spending their time and energy come into question. Will they discover their path to fulfillment and meaning or are they doomed to continue just going through the motions?

Critique: On the back cover of the DVD case this film is described as a "moody portrait of Israel's `lost generation'" and indeed it is just that. There is a pervading feeling of oppression and futility here that is immediately discernible from the very first moment and continues unmercifully to the end. The story unfolds slowly, beginning one hot, sweltering summer's day in Tel Aviv where three men appear to live in a state of constant uncertainty, agitation and depression. Every word spoken, every action performed seems to be an automatic, unconscious response that is unconnected to personal thought or human emotion. They're just going through the motions of living while never partaking; working without experiencing a call to vocation, conversing without relating and having sex without loving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lottie on June 20, 2014
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I can't really rate this movie, as I didn't watch much of it. It didn't seem worth wasting my time. What I saw included an endless drive through a cemetery, some comedic bits, some raunchy bits.
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Amos Gitai presents a brutally honest portrait of the human condition, no matter where it is lived, or when. "Devarim" is not about Israel, or Jews, or Martians. It's about the challenge of leading a decent life. That so many Israelis descend from Jews who were persecuted by Christians and Moslems for over a thousand years is part of the "flavor" of being Israeli. That, and the fact that Jews are one of the few remnants of the ancient world who retain their religious-mythological world and refer to it, consciously and instinctively, in every thought and action. "Devarim" is neither hopeful nor hopeless. It's just how things are. But in Israel, as opposed to France, German, Italy, etc., what we see is not "fancy."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Ralph on April 28, 2013
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Unfocused in story and content. Makes you wonder what the message was and why they filled frames with pointless shots.
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By Xana on March 10, 2015
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I was so bored during the first few minutes that I didn't have the patience to keep watching.
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