Synonyms

Synonyms

Synonyms

Nadav Lapid won Best Film in Berlin for this intense, neurotic fever dream about a young Israeli man who goes to Paris to erase his identity.

"The film has Yoav (Tom Mercier) turn up in Paris in the hope that France will save him from what he sees as the madness of his country. He refuses to speak Hebrew, and a dictionary becomes his most valuable resource as he walks the streets muttering in French. Things do not begin well for him. Almost immediately all his belongings are stolen, and he is alone, naked and freezing in an apartment. Temporary salvation comes in the form of his neighbours, writer Emile (Quentin Dolmaire) and musician Caroline (Louise Chevillotte), who give him clothes, some cash, and become his first friends in Paris, as he embarks on a challenging new life. Mercier's unforgettable performance defies conventional description. Spending much of the film completely naked, he imbues Yoav with a forceful anger and unpredictability." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the Golden Berlin Bear for Best Film and the FIPRESCI Prize, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival
2019123 minsFrance, Israel, GermanyFrench, Hebrew and English with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
80%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Typecasting Israelis and Parisians alike, the film demands multilevel readings, forcing viewers to question the nature of stereotypes and their validity outside parody.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Taken as a whole, the whole 'kosher Candide' routine surrounding not-quite-innocent-abroad Yoav proves repetitive and wearing.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Intense, feverish, unhinged, deranged, digressive, implacable, impressive.

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Variety

Variety

press

Typecasting Israelis and Parisians alike, the film demands multilevel readings, forcing viewers to question the nature of stereotypes and their validity outside parody.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Taken as a whole, the whole 'kosher Candide' routine surrounding not-quite-innocent-abroad Yoav proves repetitive and wearing.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Intense, feverish, unhinged, deranged, digressive, implacable, impressive.

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