A Tale of Love and Darkness

August 16th, 2016


A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 6.3/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Natalie Portman

Stars: Natalie Portman, Shira Haas, Ohad Knoller

Based on the international best-seller by Amos Oz, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is the story of his youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell, become the stories we live.

Writers: Natalie Portman, Amos Oz, Natalie Portman, Shira Haas, Ohad Knoller, Natalie Portman, Shira Haas, Ohad Knoller, Makram Khoury, Amir Tessler, Neta Riskin, Gilad Kahana, Rotem Keinan, Moni Moshonov, Henry David, Tomer Kapon, Dina Doron, Vladimir Friedman, Alexander Peleg, Lola Cohen, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Natalie Portman - Fania Oz
Shira Haas -
Ohad Knoller - Israel Zarchi
Makram Khoury - Halawani
Amir Tessler - Amos Oz
Neta Riskin -
Gilad Kahana - Arieh Oz
Rotem Keinan - Tsvi
Moni Moshonov - Old Amos (voice)
Henry David - Colonel Jan
Tomer Kapon - The Pioneer
Dina Doron - Grandma Klausner
Vladimir Friedman - Mr. Licht
Alexander Peleg - Old Amos
Lola Cohen - Woman at Party

Country: Israel

Language: Hebrew

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Jerusalem, Israel

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

This is a beautifully made film.Its slow pace at times matches with integrity the focus chosen by Portman, one of many interpretive avenues that could be pursued. I find it idiotic for critics to keep saying that "it's not like the book"or describe it as "dreary". I see it as a marvelous visual transcription, its development towards the end seemingly as inevitable as the last movement of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony. Portman recreated an entire era,offered original visual interpretations and the casting ( including her own acting) is memorable. I feel very lucky to have seen this movie before reading the book. I feel I can comprehend the movie on its own merits,and it will augment my appreciation of the book. It will be remembered as one of the best Israeli films based on great literature. An extraordinary debut for Natalie Portman.


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