October 26, 2012
Studio: Cohen Media Group
Director: Lorraine Lévy
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Lorraine Lévy, Nathalie Saugeon
Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Areen Omari, Bruno Podalydès, Jules Sitruk, Khalifa Natour, Pascal Elbé, Mehdi Dehbi, Mahmood Shalabi
Copyright Holder: N/A
The moving and provocative tale – filmed in Israel and the West Bank - of two young men – one Israeli, the other Palestinian, who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions on themselves and their respective families. Joseph (Jules Sitruk), an 18-year-old musician preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service, lives at home in a comfortable suburb of Tel Aviv with his parents, France-born physician Orith (Emmanuelle Devos) and Israel-born army commander Alon Silbers (Pascal Elbé). A blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals that he is not their biological son; during the Gulf War Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby; both were given back to the wrong families. While the Palestinian Joseph went to Tel Aviv with the Silbers, their actual Jewish son, Yacine (Medhi Dehbi) was brought to the West Bank by the Arab couple, Said (Khalifa Natour) and Leila (Areen Omari). The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs.