May 27, 2007
Cannes. Jellyfish.Catching up with that Camera d'Or winner: "The Critics' Week preem of Jellyfish [Meduzot] marks another triumph for Israel, which is strongly represented on the Croisette this year with three films in official sections," notes Alissa Simon in Variety. "Debuting feature co-helmers Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, a couple already separately acclaimed as fiction writers, make a fluid transition to film with this tightly constructed, cleverly stylized, serio-comic ensemble piece." Updated through 5/30. "Intertwining three stories of daily life in Tel Aviv, the plot is similar to those in Keret's novels," adds Fabien Lemercier at Cineuropa. "One of the most popular writers in his country - an expert at depicting subtle portraits of quite ordinary people and carefully circumventing the issue of Middle Eastern conflicts (except by allusion) - with Jellyfish (co-directed with his partner) the novelist transposes his disenchanted vision of human beings tossed around by a flood of events and struggling with loneliness and serious communication problems." Update, 5/30: "Organised in a collection of brief, instantaneous sketches spiced with a touch of surrealism, it may lack some of the irony Keret is often associated with, but nevertheless manages to put across issues that are often painful and distressing, with a light enough touch to make them palatable," writes Dan Fainaru for Screen Daily.
Posted by dwhudson at May 27, 2007 1:18 PM