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Jellyfish

Israeli magic realism
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 7, 2008
2.5 2.5 Stars
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Jellyfish

The waters of the Mediterranean bring little sustenance to three anguished, melancholy women wandering about Tel Aviv in Etgar Keret & Shira Geffens’s Jellyfish, a well-made, fairly effective Israeli drama that won the prestigious Camera d’Or at Cannes 2007. Batia is a slacker waitress whose boyfriend has walked out on her; Keren is a bride whose broken leg keeps her home from a dreamed-of Caribbean honeymoon; Joy is a Filipino care provider, lonely and thousands of miles from her family. Their disparate stories are only vaguely connected, except for everyone’s malaise. And what to make of a freckle-faced, non-verbal sprite who walks out of the sea and attaches herself to Batia? The addition of this baby Botticelli will either charm or annoy you, depending on your feelings about Israeli magic realism. Hebrew | 78 Minutes | Kendall Square
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