'One Week and a Day': An Israeli Film That Makes Fun of Grief

A promising debut feature by talented Israeli director Asaph Polonsky, ‘One Week and a Day’ would have been even better if it had traded some of its jokey tone for a little more gravitas.

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In no other film industry are death and its rituals so omnipresent as they are in Israeli cinema. Aficionados of locally made movies will no doubt recall any number of funeral scenes and visits to cemeteries...