Off White Lies

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Released 2012

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Released:
2012
Rating:
R
After years of living apart from her dad, Libby, an introverted yet sharp-witted teenager, is sent to live with him in Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Libby quickly discovers that her dad, Shaul, is an infantile eccentric and that he is "in-between apartments" (in other words: homeless). Shaul comes up with a creative plan to put a roof over their heads- they pose as refugees from the bombarded northern region of Israel, and are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. Finally in a "normal" household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can't last forever, especially as Libby unleashes teenage fury at the lies permeating her life, those she must tell now, and those she's been fed since childhood.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    New York Post Farran Smith Nehme

    The performances are so uniformly good that it's a shame the characters are stuck with such a listless plot.

  • 40

    Time Out New York David Fear

    Director Maya Kenig's film never decides whether it wants to be a social satire, a familial drama or a parable about Israeli life during perpetual wartime; that it neither picks a ...

  • 38

    Slant Magazine

    Elya Inbar is a surprisingly commanding screen presence, but she's contending with a screenplay plagued by contrivance--a battle few could win.

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