Winner of the Caméra d'or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Jellyfish (Meduzot) is a richly imaginative portrait of three very different women emotionally adrift in Tel Aviv. Co-directed by acclaimed Israeli author Etgar Keret (The Nimrod Flipout, The Girl on the Fridge) and his wife Shira Geffen, the film explores Israeli frames of mind in a unique fashion--remarkably apolitical and boldly atmospheric, buoyed by charming touches of magical realism. While Batya (Sarah Adler, Godard's Notre Musique), a struggling waitress, cares for a mysterious child that appeared to her out of the sea, newlywed Keren nurses a broken leg and a ruined honeymoon, and Filipino migrant worker Joy tries to support her son back home. With striking cinematography and moving performances, Jellyfish is a witty and warm reflection on making connections and confronting destiny in a deconstructed urban landscape.
- New anamorphic master, enhanced for widescreen televisions
- Video interview with filmmakers Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen
- U.S. Theatrical Trailer
- Optional English subtitles
- Filmmaker Statement
Twenty-first century Tel Aviv represents something different for each of the women in Jellyfish. Waitress Batya (Sarah Adler, Notre Musique) finds a strangely familiar lost child, Keren (Noa Knoller) experiences an unusual honeymoon, and Joy (Ma-nenita De Latorre) looks after a lonely old lady to support her son in the Philippines. The three don't know each other and nor do they have much in common, but all try to make the best out of their given situation. Batya, who has just broken up with her boyfriend, keeps an eye on the ethereal five-year-old (Nikol Leidman) until social services can take over. At the same time, Keren's husband, Michael (Gera Sandler), befriends a beautiful woman with a dark secret while his wife nurses a broken leg Then things get really strange. Co-directors Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret (whose novella Kneller's Happy Campers inspired Wristcutters: A Love Story) blur the distinctions between fantasy and reality. Sometimes, for instance, other people see the unnamed little girl; sometimes they dont. As in the existential epigrams of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski (the Three Colors Trilogy), characters cross paths and affect each other's lives, like when Batya accidentally causes Joy to lose something precious, but never realize they're threads in a larger tapestry. The DVD includes the theatrical trailer and a conversation with the married filmmakers. Along with The Band's Visit, which also appeared in 2008, this lovely and touching film proves that Israeli cinema has finally come into its own. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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