Other Son [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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enjoyed very much... very unique story line and good acting too...Published 10 days ago by Tony Tooma
A true existential, spiritual journey!
I love the way the screenwriter deals with the question of -Who am I really? And if I'm not in this tribe what am I ?
I enjoyed watching this movie, although it made feel sad because both boys were switched at birth. The movie displays empathy from the parents one who are Israeli and other... Read morePublished 1 month ago by hana
This thoughtful, well acted film is about two male babies who were switched at birth in Tel Aviv. One was Arab and the other one was Jewish. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Morrison
Very interesting movie about mixed at birth children but one is a Palestine and the other Jewish Israeli also a plain good moviePublished 1 month ago by Arnold J goodman
Excellent movie. truly heart warming and shows the humanity of dealing with unexpected life changing experience.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a very compelling story. I saw the movie in the theater and was so impressed by it that I purchased it as a gift for my sister.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer