New film explores a web of family secrets and opens a window onto Israel's cruel reality
Tom Shoval’s first full-length feature began with a fantasy about depicting his relationship with his own brother, but in fact reflects a new, cruel Israeli reality.
The opening shot of “Youth” is deceptive. A guy is waiting for a girl outside a school. He watches her, follows her with his eyes. She’s lovely and alluring, whereas he’s a little odd-looking and self-conscious. She is walking with a bunch of girlfriends; he’s by himself. For a moment, one could be misled into thinking this is going to be a banal coming-of-age movie: Boy loves girl, boy chases girl...
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