Youth

Dir.: Tom Shoval | Israel, Germany 2013 | 107 min

The plan is foolproof! Two brothers decide to kidnap a girl from a rich family to save their own family from financial ruin. Shaul and Yaki (who are also brothers in real life) live in a dreary suburb of Tel Aviv with a likeable but unemployed father, and they face having to vacate their own home soon. When Yaki is drafted to the army and given a gun, the two also find a new sense of confidence. The family must be saved, whatever the cost may be. But the problems only begin when their plan actually succeeds, and they suddenly have a hostage in their basement. 'Youth' is both highly exciting and funny, but ones laughter soon turns into the nervous variety. Shoval balances his film between the hopeless absurdity of the two brothers' desperate plan (the girl's orthodox parents won't pick up the phone because it's Sabbath) and the increasingly realistic possibility that things might actually spin completely out of control.

Original Title
Youth
Country
Israel, Germany
Release Year
2013
Duration
107 min.
Directors
Tom Shoval
Producer
Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske
Script
Cast
Eitan Cunio, David Cunio, Moshe Ivgy, Gita Amely, Shirili Deshe
Camera
Yaron Scharf
Sound
Gil Toren
Editor
Joelle Alexis
Production Company
Green Productions, United King Films, One Two Films
Version
Dialogue: Hebrew, English English Subtitles
Tempo
6
Thrills
6
Sighs
6
Laughs
5
Look
5
Food for thought
4