THE FAREWELL PARTY makes its DVD debut tomorrow. If you missed its theatrical run, do yourself a favor and rent or even purchase the disc (yes, it's that special: the kind of movie you'll want to share with friends), Taking place in what looks like the Israeli equivalent of one of our American "senior communities," the film confronts end-of-life situations and what might be called mercy killing with great depth, honesty, strength and humour. The best thing I can say about this film is that it never betrays nor cheapens its very difficult subject.
Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon (pictured above, with Ms Maymon on the right), the movie comes to immediate and vital life (and stays there) based on the terrific set of characters the filmmakers have created, together with the fine actors who embody them with remarkable ease and perspicacity. Led by award-winning actor Ze'ev Revach (foreground below) and Levana Finkelshtein (background below), the actors create a delightful, surprising, moving ensemble.
Samuel Goldwyn Films (theatrical distribution) and First Run Features (video release), the movie -- running just 95 minutes, in Hebrew with English subtitles -- hits the street on DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, for sale or rental.