Tribute to Amos Gitai
France, Israel, 2003, 120 min.
Dir. Amos Gitai
Venice: Biennale di Venezia / Mostra d'arte cinematografica 2003 - In competition.
Up to now, old Schwartz has led a peaceful existence, surrounded by Linda, a young Philippine woman who takes care of him, his neighbor Aviram who never goes out without his dog, and Mali, whose love affair with Ilan, on the other side of the courtyard, never bothered him much. But lately everything seems out of whack. Every day, the building echoes with screaming and yelling. Is it because of Hezi, who has secretly rented an apartment to make love with his mistress Gabi, whose shrieks of pleasure bring all the neighbors out? Or is it because of the new neighbors who extend their apartment, unauthorized, by using the courtyard? Even Mali is in trouble: the building contractor in charge of the work camps out in front of her home with his Chinese workmen. He happens to be her ex-husband. On top of everything, their son Eyal has deserted … A chronicle of everyday life in a building situated on the border between Tel Aviv and Jaffa.