The House on Chelouche Street

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Released 1973

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The House on Chelouche Street

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Released:
1973
Rating:
PG
The House on Chelouche Street, a 1973 foreign pseudo-documentary, chronicles the coming of age of 15 year-old Sami (Ofer Shalhin). Sami, an Egyptian-Jewish immigrant, has migrated to Tel Aviv, Israel, with his widowed mother, Clara (Gila Almagor), and his three siblings. They live in a working-class neighborhood surrounded by an extended family including his grandmother, Mazel, and uncle Rafael. Sami struggles daily to provide for his family while his angst toward invading British forces compels him to join a resistance group called the Haganah. As he ascends from a shy, timid boy he develops a romance with 25-year old librarian and Russian immigrant, Sonia (Michal Bat-Adam). Taking a background to Sami's story, his mother begrudgingly faces socio-economic pressure to remarry and explores her own complex emotions on the subject. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this movie is a must see for die-hard fans of foreign cinema. Directed by Moshe Mizrahi.
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