Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Winner of the 1997 French Cesar award for "Best Short Film," this evocative moment between an Ashkenazi Jew and a woman from Israel -- both in their later years -- is portrayed with delicacy, sensitivity, and an understanding of a culture that is disappearing. The Ashkenazi Jews who have retired to the region fill their days with memories of bygone times, with walks, with card games, with stories, and all along know that their Yiddish-speaking culture is declining. While the Jewish tailor and the Israeli woman slowly evolve a charming and touching attraction to each other, his pretending to read the French newspaper is a poignant demonstration of the difference between his past and his present. A related theme is explored in a 1984 British documentary, Almonds and Raisins, which takes a close look at the vanishing Yiddish language and culture in relation to the 300 or so Yiddish movies made in the era of early talkies.