Israeli Film Festival: The Flood review

Yoni leads a complicated life for a 12 year old Israeli boy.  He struggles to grow into a man’s body before his impending Bar Mitzva.  He sells homework to buy body building wonder powder on the sly, and stretches every night on a pull-up bar with heavy weights tied to his legs.  His new classmates, older and taller, bully him.  Yoni’s dispassionate parents, a pot smoking father and an emotionally absent mother, use him as a go-between.  To make matters worse, his cripplingly autistic older brother Tomer – hidden away in a mental institution that suddenly shuts down – returns home.  This event brings out every flaw in the family’s foundation and pushes Yoni to the brink.  The Flood is a powerful film, told with an accomplished cinematic eye.  Yoni’s life, and the life of his parents, are painful to watch at times.  They are steeped in a palpable disappointment, compounded by the judgments of the village, but Yoni’s uncommon clout and convincing “beyond his years” mannerisms help make for a harsh yet beautiful story.

The Flood screens this Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 PM at the Ritz East as part of the 16th annual Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia.

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Author: Aaron Mannino

Aaron Mannino is a Philadelphia area artist, film enthusiast, and some other things. He has made contributions on film analysis to the publication Korean Quarterly. Visit his blog or his website for writings and art-ings.

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