Intimate Grammar
הדקדוק הפנימי

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:00 pm

A dysfunctional family and delayed puberty make life miserable for a pre-adolescent growing up in Jerusalem in the 1960’s. The film, an adaptation of David Grossman’s “The Book of Intimate Grammar”, shows our hero, Aharon Kleinfeld, striving to survive his domineering mother, his anti-intellectual father and his own diminutive stature in a setting of a lower-middle-class housing development where gossip is rampant and appearances are all important.
Three years in the life of Aharon in which his soul matures but his body refuses to grow. Perhaps, one of his glands is dormant, or perhaps he is afraid of growing up and becoming like his parents. Or maybe, he is just a late bloomer, in need of a little more time. But nobody has the time to wait. Betrayed by his family, by his best friend and his beloved, lonely in his small body, but aware of his maturing soul, he realizes something must be done.

Screening Location
Lightbox Film Center at the International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104Roee Elsberg, lead actor.
Movie Info
Israel, 2011, 110 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
Nir Bergman
Winner, Sakura Grand Prix, Tokyo International Film 2010; Winner, Best Feature Film, Jerusalem Film Festival 2010