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 (Roee Elsberg), striving to survive his domineering mother (Orly Silbersatz) , his anti-intellectual father (Yehuda Almagor) 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 (Eden Luttenberg) and his beloved (Roni Tal), lonely in his small body, but aware of his maturing soul, he realizes something must be done.
||Hebrew with English subtitles
||Family, Father-Child Relationship, Love, Mother-Child Relationship
Winner, Sakura Grand Prix, Tokyo International Film 2010; Winner, Best Feature Film, Jerusalem Film Festival 2010