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The Farewell Party

  • Directed by Tal Granit
  • Israel, 2014, 95 mins., Hebrew

The question “Who has the right to play God?” is at the center of this comedic tale of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who construct a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help a terminally ill pal. With a dream cast of septuagenarian talent, a finely honed visual sense, and superbly ironic comic timing and dialogue, this compassionate film doesn’t belabor the ethics of assisted suicide but instead treats this tricky topic with rare sensitivity. “A provocative issue is addressed with wisdom, sensitivity, and a welcome strain of humor. Anyone ever touched by the inexorable decline of an elderly family member afflicted with terminal illness or dementia will be moved by this tender, unexpectedly charming tale.”—The Hollywood Reporter. Brain Award, BNL People’s Choice Award Venice Film Festival.

Genres: Drama