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Two Hebrew words you can't translate

Apr. 5th, 2008 | 12:16 pm

Nextbook: Chaos Theory:
During the meal, one successful documentary director asked me a question: Could I think of any Hebrew words that have no equivalents in English? An excellent question, and even though I was sure there were many such words, the only two I could think of actually do have English equivalents, except that in Hebrew—or maybe it would be more accurate to say "in Israeli"—they carry completely different values.

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"Jellyfish" takes the cake (NY Times Critics' Pick)

Apr. 5th, 2008 | 10:09 pm

Nicole Leidman takes the cake

NY Times (Critics' Pick):

This is a movie about the gulf between parents and children, between lovers, between friends and even between adults and the children they wish they could still be. But it is also about the irreducible oddness of being alive, and the tiny pleasures and kindnesses that can compensate for the usual tedium and indifference of the world.

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Entertaiment Weekly on "Jellyfish"

Apr. 5th, 2008 | 10:56 pm

Entertaiment Weekly: Jellyfish (2008)
Marvelously inventive, often-ironic Israeli storyteller Etgar Keret and his life- and workmate, Shira Geffen, spin in Jellyfish a dreamy, arty, alluringly cockeyed tale involving three unrelated women in Tel Aviv, a mysterious little girl, and the power of the sea — an element central to Tel Aviv life and psyche. The seemingly random movement of the title's slippery, stinging creatures applies to the direction of the characters' lives, as well as to the delicate, carefully crafted shape of the movie, which won the Camera d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. B+
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