For My Father

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Released 2008

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2008
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For My Father is a 2008 film directed by Dror Zahavi. It shows the complex psychological structure of the Israeli-Palestinian ethnic war. Young and attractive Palestinian Terek (Shredi Jabarin) finds himself involved with an extremist religious gang in an attempt to reclaim his father's honor by accomplishing a suicide mission in Tel Aviv. He arrives in the city strapped with a belt loaded with explosives. However, a technical problem causes a failure in detonation of the device and until the problem can be fixed, he finds himself stuck with people he was considering enemies. His beliefs are deeply shaken when he meets beautiful Jewish girl Keren (Hili Yalon) who has some problems integrating in the conservative Jewish society, and chemistry is starting to develop between them. The bomb he wears is remote controlled by the terrorists, so he must choose his faith quickly, before it's too late. The film shows how fake barriers imposed by the society can be overcome by young and passionate people.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Miami Herald Rene Rodriguez

    The movie takes a completely apolitical look at the lives of its three main characters, focusing not on their differences but on how, in a way, they are trapped by their cultures.

  • 50

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Well-intentioned but philosophically timid, For My Father wants to meditate on the moral reshuffling that can accompany imminent death. But the director, Dror Zahavi, is ill served...

  • 50

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Israeli helmer Dror Sahavi's well-meaning but simplistic terrorist melodrama, gingerly counterbalancing religious fanatics on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian divide, utilize...

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Drama

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Politics, Love & Romance, Foreign Language