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56 Ratings

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Sipur Al Ahava Ve Choshech

Directed by Natalie Portman
Israel, 2015


A drama based on the memoir of Amos Oz, a writer, journalist, and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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A Tale of Love and Darkness Directed by Natalie Portman
Portman’s commitment to making the film almost entirely in Hebrew, with no stars apart from herself, is admirable, and she demonstrates some talent behind the camera, particularly in realizing the stories Fania tells Amos. But it takes a genius to craft a movie from material that’s deeply rooted not just in words, but in feelings that are so complex as to be nearly indescribable. Even Stanley Kubrick didn’t start with Lolita.
August 18, 2016
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While the elusive plotting hinders the story’s power, Portman proves herself a director with a keen compositional eye, and one comfortable with integrating flashbacks into narrative. She evokes childhood with similar proficiency, making the film’s earlier sections particularly gripping.A Tale of Love and Darkness might not say quite what it wants to, but that’s because it has so much on its mind. As far as problems go, it’s a good one to have.
August 16, 2016
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There was a special out-of-competition screening of Natalie Portman’s negligible directing debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness.
July 01, 2015
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