Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The House on Chelouche Street (1973)

Academy Awards, USA 1974

Best Foreign Language Film

Paragon Films
Directed by Moshé Mizrahi
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Jewish immigrants from Egypt struggle to settle into the cultural melting pot of Tel Aviv. The youngest son takes a job as an apprentice in a local metal shop, but soon clashes with his abrasive boss. The shop goes on strike, so he starts hanging out with a much older girl he met at a book store.  Meanwhile, his mother looks to get married again to a Russian immigrant, but that is delayed when he is drafted. The ever-present British soldiers threaten to disrupt their entire lives with constant harassment, or worse. Location shooting and sheer unfamiliarity with the culture make this interesting, but too much running time is devoted to romantic melodrama.

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