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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements



2019, Nadav Lapid, France/Israel/Germany, 123 min.
With Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 6th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Dec 6th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 7th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Dec 8th 4:30pm
  • Mon, Dec 9th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Dec 10th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 11th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Dec 12th 6:00pm
First Chicago run!

"A searing, maddening, explosively brainy movie."—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable."—David Ehrlich, Indiewire

One of the year’s most critically lauded films, this puzzle-like drama sporting a vein of dry deadpan humor tackles personal dilemmas involving identity, language, politics, and national allegiance when Yoav (Mercier), a footloose Israeli ex-soldier, ends up naked and half-dead in an Airbnb bathtub following his first night in Paris. Inviting his audience to lurch through a maze of contradictory signals and cryptic choices along with his stolidly determined hero, director Lapid (THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, POLICEMAN) weaves a narrative of a man seeking to shed his birthright along with his clothes in order to create a new persona in his chosen nation. The cerebral wordplay in Yoav's head meets its opposite in the physical realm when a sexually ambiguous couple save his life, a nude modeling job involves unusual demands, and an Israeli Embassy job brings a head-on collision with the cultural identity he seeks to escape. In French, Hebrew, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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