Apples from the Desert

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In Brief: This week, the Asheville Jewish Film Festival is showing the Israeli drama Apples from the Desert (2014). Moran Rosenblatt stars as Rebecca Abravanel, an only child who is unfulfilled by her strictly Orthodox life in modern Jerusalem, under the patriarchal hand of an unbending father (Shlomi Koriat) and a subservient mother (Reymond Amsallem). Unbeknownst to her parents, Rebecca rebels by starting to flirt with a secular lifestyle, especially as concerns Dooby (Israeli singer-guitarist Elisha Banai), a young man from a kibbutz who coaxes her to a join a dance class he's part of. Her father's response to her rebelliousness is to agree to marry her to an older man, which, needless to say, doesn't play well. In essence, it's a fairly standard culture-and-generation-clash drama of a very old kind. However, it's done so well and with such attention to detail, you probably won't mind. You certainly won't mind Rosenblatt's Rebecca. Not only is she luminous, she captures the character with amazing nuance.
Genre: Drama
Director: Matti Harari, Arik Lubetzky
Starring: Moran Rosenblatt, Reymond Amsallem, Elisha Banai, Irit Kaplan, Shlomi Koriat, Tzvi Shissel
Rated: NR

The Fine Arts Theatre will show Apples from the Desert Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. with an encore showing Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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