Israeli co-directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen’s ensemble comedy drama Jellyfish weaves together multiple seriocomic tales of intersecting lives, set against the deep azure backdrop of Middle Eastern seascapes.
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A bit of an overlooked masterpiece. Brilliant as both universal (not as a cliche, but as the universal situation of people battling their circumstances with dignity and love and brokenness) and distinct to Israel, characters both esoteric and down to earth. Jellyfish really cares about its characters in a manner entirely absent of cynicism. A refreshing gem.
The first two fifths are punishingly boring. Then, these three narratives from Tel Avivis' lives progress to plain boring. By the time the film yields empathetically interesting moments, it is almost over. The main story dissolves in arthouse mystery, or should I say: in the directors' saying "Just kidding". Anthology films have way more wonder and excitement to offer. Israeli cinema too.