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Other Son [Blu-ray] (2012)

 PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ATK01BE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A provocative tale filmed in Israel and the West Bank of two young men - one Israeli the other Palestinian who discover they were accidentally switched at birth and the complex repercussions on themselves and their respective families.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
As I settled in to watch the heartfelt drama "The Other Son," I was instantly wary of its contrived set-up and principle plot thread. Like a classic soap opera, the center of this well meaning movie revolves around a switched-at-birth incident. This accident, however, is wrought with political and religious significance. One family is Israeli and one is Palestinian. What happens when the mistake is discovered as the two boys approach adulthood? Such a set-up would allow for plenty of intellectual discussion, teaching moments, and heavy handed drama. I could already see where the movie was heading. Remarkably, though, director Lorraine Levy (working with an incredibly nuanced screenplay) doesn't travel down the expected path. Instead, she takes this situation and turns it into a thoughtful, restrained, and pleasingly subtle experience. Truthfully, I loved "The Other Son." It never attempts to preach at its audience, it allows its characters to discover their own way. Once I gave in to the premise, everything else felt absolutely real and relatable.

In Tel Aviv, Joseph (Jules Sitruk) prepares for national service and it is discovered that his blood type does not match those of his parents. This fact throws his folks into a tailspin looking for a rational explanation. It is soon determined that a mix-up might have occurred during a hospital evacuation during the Gulf War eighteen years prior. The other boy, Yacine (Mehdi Dehbi), lives on the West Bank with his Palestinian family. After the initial shock, the two mothers (both super) try to navigate the complex situation and natural curiosity brings the two boys together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `We are all human, we can all be family.' September 15, 2013
While the world continues to struggle to understand the constant schism between Palestine and Israel and yet permutations of that unsettled hot fire whose coals continue to smolder between aggressive flares, along comes a film such as this one - THE OTHER SON or Le fils de l'autre - and provides some insights that at least for the moment offer a better understanding of a very long struggle. Based on an idea by Noam Fitoussi who wrote the screenplay with Director Lorraine Lévy and Nathalie Saugeon, this is a gentle film about resolution of conflict - at least on the family level. It is a French production filmed in the West Bank and Israel under the sensitive direction of Lorraine Lévy.

It's not uncommon for those who rightly resent being biologically categorized on government questionnaires, to defiantly write in `human' when asked to indicate their race. And the same holds true in its own compelling but curious way for the switched at birth DNA-driven identity crisis drama, The Other Son.

The relative stability of the two families in question - the Israeli Silbergs (Emmanuelle Devos and Pascal Elbéand) the Palestinian Al Bezaaz (Areen Omari, Khalifa Natourkin, and older son Mahmud Shalaby) in the West Bank - is shaken up when eighteen year old Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) puts his musical aspirations on hold to report for mandatory military duty. But an army blood test confirms that he could not be the child of his parents, an odd stratagem, that a military on such permanent alert would be so thorough, especially since Joseph's father is a high ranking commander. But during a Gulf War missile attack near the Haifa hospital where Joseph was born, a Palestinian mother gave birth at the same time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Uncanny Family Drama" April 3, 2013
Alternately "schmaltzy" and alternately realistic, this film is a subtitled depiction of present-day Middle-East tensions personified by the use of an uncanny family drama. Very good acting and colorful footage of ethnic locales adds to the enjoyment level. There are, however, some elements of the story that seem to stretch rationale belief in their treatment of deep-seated political hatred and religious confrontation. To avoid "spoilers", I won't elaborate. Also be advised that there is some English dialogue, and when it is spoken, the subtitles vanish. Which is a disservice to the hearing impaired.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What does the word Son mean? April 29, 2013
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Originally saw this it a local Jewish film festival. Great great movie about a Palestinian baby and a Jewish baby accidentally switched during a rocket raid when the nurses were scrambling to the bomb shelter.The fact is discovered 17 years later. Incredible portrait of parents, children, love, conflict, family and a glimpse of the war between Jews and Palestinians. Powerful, moving, disturbing and yet a real soul searcher about what the word "son" means to Mothers. P, Walnut Creek, CA
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changes the way you think August 31, 2013
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Shows you that religion and culture are not as deep as we believe."very thought provoking movie. I have woken up at night thinking of this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Son August 17, 2013
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This was a great movie about the important issues of identity and love among communities that have experienced so much pain and strife.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Political Drama With a Familiar Twist March 28, 2013
"The Other Son" tells of Tel Aviv resident Joseph (Jules Sitruk) who, as he is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, discovers he is not his parents' biological son, and that he was accidentally switched at birth with Yacine (Mehdi Dehbi), the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. At the time of the boys' birth, during the first Gulf War, a missile attack forced the hospital's evacuation, and in the confusion, they were sent home with the wrong parents. Now, 18 years later, this revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their identities, their values, and their beliefs.

Writer/director Lorraine Levy and co-writer Nathalie Saugeon focus on how the young men and their families deal with the situation, with awkward visits among newfound relatives across the border and arguments within the families about years spent haboring an "enemy." Performances are first-rate, particularly those of the two young leads, and the story is compelling.

The film is in French, with English subtitles. Bonus extras include making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and bloopers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite hokey premise . . .
The premise seemed a bit hokey, but in fact this was a remarkably honest, nuanced film about a difficult topic.
Published 16 days ago by Steven Swanger
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... Required viewing for anyone interested in the...
"The Other Son" (2012 release from France; 105 min.) brings the story of 2 boys who are about to reach their 18th birthday. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Allaer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Son
Excellently done and family trump hatred and seperation, even when that hatred and separation is as old as Isaac and Ishamel
Published 1 month ago by Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars Done Beautifully
I read the plot before I saw the movie and was concerned that the movie might be corny or too contrived. But I really liked how the movie flowed. Great actors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TT
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
Published 1 month ago by JON KATZ
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great way to handle a problem situation
This movie is very well done, I do not know who wrote the book or script but I would not be able to think of a better ending.
I really enjoyed this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Y. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably moving and transformative
This filmed true story goes deep into the issues of identity, in a world torn by conflict. It is beautifully and sensitively acted. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caroline H. Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and refreshing!
This film uses a potentially volatile situation to expose, resolve and heal the hearts of two very different families who discover how much alike they really are.
Published 2 months ago by obeygod
5.0 out of 5 stars What is identity?
A very thought provoking journey into the question of what defines our identity. A film with a lot of heart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Martina
5.0 out of 5 stars Two beautiful, self-possessed boys...
find that they have been switched at birth. But there any soap opera narrative ends. The irony that a situation that could be full of anger turns into a brotherhood that feels just... Read more
Published 3 months ago by readernyc
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