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Shavua ve Yom

Eyal and Vicky buried their 25 year old son 7 days ago. Vicky wants to slowly get back to her life after the traditional week of grieving. Eyal, on the other hand, smokes medical marijuana that he swiped from the hospital with the neighbor’s son…


The shiva is over: Eyal and Vicky buried their 25 year old son 7 days ago. Now, after the traditional week of grief, they want to slowly get back to their daily lives – or perhaps not? Vicky finds out that a substitute teacher has taken over her class. Eyal took a bag of medical marijuana from his son’s old hospital room; he smuggled it in his underwear. But rolling a joint isn’t easy. Zooler, the neighbor’s son, can surely help…

Along with the neighbor’s bedroom noises, the sweet kitten in the garden, and several air guitar solos with the disapproving wife watching on, a black humored slacker comedy begins to take shape. Eyal goes through his own version of the stages of grief: diversion, childish regression, defiance, senselessness, and a dab of grave desecrating. The father’s grief over losing his son shows itself in absurd situations: it almost seems like a stoner buddy comedy at times. Eyal’s slow, passive gestures could appear to be cool if they weren’t based on his inner numbness. Zooler, on the other hand, is a genuine slacker, his life goal is to participate in an air guitar competition and maybe play a game of ping pong in Eyal’s basement like in the old days. Towards the ends, in the cemetery, the plot suddenly swerves to an uninvolved funeral speaker whose sorrow is disrupted by a bird shitting on him. That’s the film in a nutshell.

Harald Mühlbeyer

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: Shavua ve Yom
Israel 2016, 98 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Asaph Polonsky
Author: Asaph Polonsky
DOP: Moshe Mishali
Montage: Tali Helter-Shenkar
Music: Ran Bagno
Distributor: Temperclayfilm
Cast: Uri Gavriel, Shai Avivi, Sharon Alexander, Evgenia Dodina, Carmit Mesilati Kaplan, Tomer Kapon
FSK: 6
Release: 11.05.2017




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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