OFF-WHITE LIES, about an Israeli father, the sudden appearance of his early-teenage daughter, and how the pair end up getting room-and-board under false pretenses. But "con artist" is really not who either of these characters are, certainly not the daughter, who is pretty much forced into this situation. Even her dad (to whom the description comes closer) is more a smart and creative man who needs to grow up and accept responsibility than any out-and-out crook.
Dana Diment) is a young woman named Maya Kenig, shown at left, who has been an actress, editor and is now a first-time, full-length filmmaker. The result of her work is a movie that's quietly provocative and thoughtful, as it takes a look at the country of Israel around the time of the second Lebanon War (the summer of 2006) and finds a wealth of interesting characters that in every case rise above any easy cliches.
This is as true of the father (Gur Bentwich) and daughter (Elya Inbar, in her debut role), shown below and further below, whom we learn the most about, as it is of the family with whom they stay -- a mother, father and older teenage son, played respectively by three fine actors: Salit Achimiriam, Tzahi Grad and Arad Yeni. (Mom and son are first-timers who acquit themselves surprisingly well.)
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FREE MEN which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival (featuring French star Tahar Rahim, from the Oscar nominated A Prophet,); the French family comedy, THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART featuring Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds); and the just-out, critically-acclaimed German-Israeli documentary, HITLER’S CHILDREN, about the descendants of the Nazi’s inner circle (including Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler). Additionally, every feature film disc includes a short film from a hot, up-and-coming director. Each feature and short is selected by The Jewish Film Club’s executives, who travel the world in search of great cinema to share with the Club members.