MAGIC MOMENTSby Dalit Nemirovsky | 30.03.14
Life is all about the moments. The moments that define our own personal story, the moments that make us feel the happiest and the ones that bring us down. In cinema, the ability to capture these moments and translate them into a language that the viewers can feel and relate to, is what makes a film magical.
“Son of God”, or in its appropriate English title “Magic Men” is one of those films that does just that – provides us with untouchable magical moments. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, or it will make you angry, but in the 100 minutes while sitting in the theatre you won’t be able to shake the feeling that someone really made an effort to better understand the basic core of what makes us humans.
This someone is actually two screenwriters and directors who joined forces to create this beautiful film. In “Son of God”, Guy Nattiv & Erez Tadmor are telling the story of Avraham (Makram Khoury in an impeccable breathtaking performance), an elderly atheist man who travels to Greece on a quest to find a magician who saved his life during the war. His son Yehuda (Zohar Strauss in a captivating performance as well) – a religious rapper who is joining the journey to keep his father safe while trying to resolve a dispute between the two that has been ongoing for ten years. The third character to join is Maria (wonderful Greek actress Ariane Labed), a beautiful single mother and a prostitute who Avraham encounters in the hotel where he’s staying. This is the basic structure, the ground on which the directors build the plot and incorporate the magical moments. I don’t want to ruin it for you, so no more information from me but I will tell you this:
“Son of God” is not the first nor the last film that deals with the relationships between parents and children, between men and women or between belief and the lack of it. But it is a film that magically makes the viewers acknowledge the power, complexity and beauty of these relationships, and by doing so, it will not leave you indifferent.
“Son of God” is now showing in theaters across Israel. GO.