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A young stage actress gets a big break when she lands a part as a mental patient. To prepare for her role in this avant-garde play she enters a psychiatric ward. But the truth she finds there, and her fracturing mental state, lead to conflicts with her director--with whom she has become romantically involved--and it all threatens to explode at the play's premiere. Like the recent Oscar-winning film Black Swan, this edgy Israeli drama walks a thin line between acting and madness.


Liron Ben-Chelouch is marvelous, she proves that excellent acting is very sexy. --Achbar Ha Ir (Israeli Entertainment Magazine)

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  • Actors: Liron Ben-Chelouch, Gil Frank, Shiri Gadni, Alex Anski, Miki Varshaviak and Addi Kaplan
  • Directors: Michal Bat-Adam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sisu Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on December 24, 2011
(1.) A female college age aspiring actress (Maya), far from home and using her family's limited resources, is at a drama school and finds that she can't take criticism from the school's instructor and literally walks out of the school. Not realistic or a positive way to show how to deal with criticism.
(2.) As a waitress she practices her acting lines by telling story lies to her customers. Consequences to fabrications - who cares!
(3.) Is seen by a much older male director and is chosen to lead a stage play even though she has no experience. Because ...
(4.) Much older director seduces her. If not rape it's probably illegal in most societies for someone to use their position of power in that way. Positively portrayed.
(5.) Using the idea of institutionalized mentally/developmentally delayed for the actress to use as practice fodder is both immoral and illegal. In addition their illnesses were stereotypically displayed both in the institution and when they are brought to the theatre as audience.
(6.) The director as bully to members of the cast when they offer suggestions and then in his behavior when they act outside his direction especially in shoving Maya away for acting outside his direction and drives off in a tantrum. Out of character and just not believable.
(7.) Additional subplot as Maya's roommate deals with married, cheating-on-wife, boyfriend and possible unwanted pregnancy with abortion.

So what's positive about the movie? Well, perhaps it's the final scene where the director realizes his excessive bullying personality or is it he misses the benefits of seduction and comes back to Maya.

Note, on DVD issues, does not work in most Sony players. Also, no English subtitles in Bonus discussions so practice your modern Hebrew.
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