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Hine Anachnu

Nir Bergman | 2020 | 94 MINS
Israel | Subtitles
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Aaron has devoted his life to caring for his autistic son, Uri. Together they’ve settled into a comfortable routine, but Uri is beginning to reach adulthood with the authorities questioning whether Aaron is capable of handling Uri’s growing needs.

In Detail

Despite Aaron’s protests, it is decided that Uri is to be moved into a specialized home facility for young adults. Knowing that Uri isn’t ready to be separated from him, Aaron decides to run away with his son. Together, they embark on an adventure of self-discovery and Aaron begins to learn that it was perhaps he who is not ready to be separated from Uri.

Noam Imber is thoroughly convincing in the role of Uri and his performance is so real that it often feels like a documentary while Avivi handles the role of his father with grace and sensitivity. Though the story may not sound uplifting, in Bergman’s skilful hands, its sadness is balanced with humour and buoyed by the strength and dignity of its characters. This was to be shown at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, but, unfortunately, it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

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