Shkarim Levanim (2001)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Israel  |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A man looking to put his life back together finds himself caring for his mother in her final days in this emotional drama. Theatrical director Yehuda (Sharon Alexander) has reached an impasse in life after his relationship with his girlfriend collapses and his most recent play is a resounding flop. Yehuda decides to leave his adopted home in Paris and return to his birthplace in Israel, where he spends time with his mother (Orna Porat). Mother's health has been steadily failing, and her doctor (Yosi Segal) informs Yehuda that his previous diagnosis of her condition was not correct -- Mother has advanced cancer, and only a short time left to live. Not wanting to panic her in her last days, Yehuda opts to keep Mother's cancer a secret. Yehuda stays with Mother and cares for her, but when his sister Zillinka (Smadar Killtchinski) arrives, she's horrified at the decline in her health, and when Yehuda tells Zillinka that Mother has cancer, she's outraged at her brother's subterfuge, deciding that Mother must know the truth about her illness. Shkarim Levanim was the first feature film from director and screenwriter Itzhak Rubin.