Al Asheke (1986)

Release Date - Apr 24, 1987 (USA)  |   Countries - Iraq, Israel  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Loosely based on a popular novel by A.B. Yehoshua, this love story is set in 1973 in Israel. Unlike the novel, the film focuses on three things: a mother's personal crisis as she approaches menopause, her husband's reaction to her difficulties, and her daughter's first sexual awakening. The catalyst for these behavioral changes within the family is a handsome stranger who evokes a torrid response in the wife that sets a series of crises into motion. Meanwhile, the Yom Kippur War looms on the horizon as the future of Israel heads toward another milestone -- and another period of uncertainty. Controversy over a love scene between an adult male and a 15-year-old girl helped to spark interest in the film before its 1985 release in Israel.