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Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman directs and stars in the emotional and thought-provoking story about Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during the early years of the State of Israel. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty— stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself. Based on the international best-selling memoir by Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness is "the most revolutionary Jewish movie since Schindler’s List" (Stephen Marche, Esquire).
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I was anxious to get the DVD (which has not been released yet).....then noticed recently that it was available for purchase on AMAZON Video now, and did not hesitate to buy it for immediate viewing!
I think it was very courageous of Natalie Portman to tackle such challenging material as her first full-length directorial effort, especially since she decided to film nearly all dialog in Hebrew (with smaller scenes done in Arabic, Polish, etc.), while she intrepidly navigated the dark-despairing pathways traversed by beleaguered protagonist Fania Mussman-Klausner (Amos Oz's beloved but emotionally-tormented mother who could never completely reconcile the full emotional-spiritual transition from Eastern-Europe to post-WWII Jerusalem).
Essential to this film's believability was Portman's ability to pinpoint and transmit the 'heart & Soul' of Fania Mussman, and also that of little Amos Oz reliably by her side always, throughout the early 'adventures' (both real and imagined, although in the book Oz makes clear that as a child he had absolutely no inkling as to what specifically had 'tormented' his mother so overpoweringly).
This is certainly not a film for all viewers, since the bleakness factor can be nearly oppressive at times, but Natalie Portman's characterization of Fania Mussman-Klausner does feel quite authentic and perhaps even more importantly "A Tale of Love and Darkness" presents a poignantly indelible picture of the early East-European arrivals to Jerusalem pre and post WWII (on their way to the hallowed Jewish sanctuary that would eventually become the State of Israel in 1948) = in the 'heat' of current geo-political rhetoric it is easy to forget that the majority of post WWII arrivals to Israel were beleaguered refugees barely escaping the holocaust dreaming of a land where they could once again simply Live as Jews without fear of unremitting persecution & death (many still filled with deep anxieties and the unresolvable sense of Loss for almost all their loved ones and additional loss of recent European homelands they could never again return to)...... Amos Oz's book and Natalie Portman's important film encourage a much needed persistence of memory.
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