Israeli Film Festival: Dusk review

This Crash-like drama set in modern Tel Aviv examines a variety of familial relationships while illustrating the now standard theme that we are all connected in some manner.  An airport duty free clerk learns the identity of her birth mother; a father picks his daughter up from the airport and hits a random bicycler on the way home; an Argentinian single mother deals with abandonment as she attempts to get her son circumcised at a hospital.  The birth mother turns out to also be the mother of the bicycler, the circumcision doctor turns out to be the son of the policeman called to the accident scene…again, we’re all connected.  Despite the rather blatant plot twists, the film is, for the most part, a subtle and affectingly atmospheric mini-Crash that wisely doesn’t overstay it’s welcome at a tight 85 minutes.

Dusk screens this Sunday, February 26 at 7:00 PM at the International House as part of the 16th annual Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia.

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Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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