Or (My Treasure)

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Released 2005

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Director:
Keren Yedaya
Released:
2005
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Or (My Treasure) is a 2004 drama directed by Keren Yedaya. Or (Dana Ivgy) works hard to get by. Although she is only a teenager, she gratefully accepts any odd job that comes her way, from collecting bottles in exchange for a small reward to spending her study time working shifts at a restaurant. Or does everything for her mother, Ruthie (Ronit Elkabetz). Ruthie is not a traditional parent. Instead, she used to work as a prostitute, a fact that makes Or worry for her mother's health and safety. After a stay in the hospital, Ruthie seems willing to accept Or's help and find a better way to earn a living. Or never complains about her mother, instead cheerfully helping the two of them get by and spending her free time pursuing a relationship with a local boy, Ido (Nesher Cohen). However, when Ido's family starts to fight back against their romance, Or begins to fully feel the burden of her mother's stigma and worry about the future.moreless

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  • 80

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Consistently engaging, non-judgmental and cumulatively powerful two-hander marks a noteworthy feature debut for Israeli helmer Keren Yedaya.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A work of exceptional subtlety and is all the more captivating and heart-rending for being so.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    This well-meaning but irritatingly naïve feature delves into the horrors of prostitution, or more accurately, the filmmaker's horror about the subject.

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Documentary, Drama

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sexual tension, for cynics, prostitution, gritty cinematography, raunchy