Zohar: Mediterranean Blues (1993)

Run Time - 116 min.  |   Countries - Israel   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

The Shephardim and the Ashkenazim are two subgroups of European Jewry who have populated Israel. The Ashkenazim generally come from Western Europe, and had many cultural advantages from the outset, including modern educations. The Shephardim include Eastern European and Oriental Jews, and their background included many poor city dwellers and farmers. Even in Israel, there have been class distinctions between the two groups. In this drama, Zohar (Shaul Mizrahi), a Shephardic folk-singer, has just gotten out of prison for assault, and is trying to put his life back together. Part of that effort includes an attempt to reconnect with his ex-wife, who is now seeing someone else, and to resurrect his career. However, it is not the conflict between the two Jewish cultures which eventually results in his demise, but his own involvement in the drug culture.