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The Kind Words

Embittered, spiky-tempered restaurateur Dorona and her two very dissimilar brothers receive a bombshell when they learn the man who raised them isn’t their biological father. This seismic shock sets them on a quest across France to unravel their origins, tracing their roots to their mother’s native Algiers. As they piece together the inscrutable secrets of their past, Dorona attempts to reconcile her strained relationship with her long-suffering husband Ricki, while her brothers grapple with issues of familial, religious, and ethnic identity. “Briskly paced and threaded throughout with wry humor, Zarhin’s film asks us to confront our own ideas around identity and walking the emotional tightrope between lies and truth.”—Toronto Film Festival. Nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. (French, Hebrew with English Subtitles)

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Shemi Zarhin

The World is Funny

Blurring fantasy and reality into a multi-layered, tragicomic exploration of past traumas and catharsis, THE WORLD IS FUNNY is now Israel’s all-time box office champion, earning a record-breaking 15 Israeli Academy Award nominations. Set in provincial, sunny Tiberias, these wonderfully strange vignettes grow together in richness and complexity as the film progresses. The central characters