A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)

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A Tale of Love and Darkness is based on the memories of Amos Oz, growing up in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood with Arieh, his academic father and Fania, his dreamy, imaginative mother. They were one of many Jewish families who moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s and 40s to escape persecution. Arieh was cautiously hopeful for the future but Fania wanted much more. The terror of the war and running from home had been followed by the tedium of everyday life, which weighed heavily on Fania’s spirit. Unhappy in her marriage and intellectually stifled, she would make up stories of adventures (like treks across the desert) to cheer herself up and entertain her 10-year-old son Amos. He became so enraptured when she read him poetry and explained about words and language; it would become an influence on his writing for the rest of his life. When independence didn’t bring the renewed sense of life that Fania had hoped for, she slipped into solitude and sadness. Unable to help her, Amos was forced to say an untimely good-bye. As he witnessed the birth of Israel, he had to come to terms with his own new beginning.

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Complete Movie Details

Run time95 minutes
Theater Release DateAugust 19, 2016
ActorsNatalie Portman, Amir Tessler, Shira Haas, Ohad Knoller, Makram Khoury, Neta Riskin, Rotem Keinan
DirectorNatalie Portman
StudioFocus World
MPAA PG-13 (Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images)
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