The Flood (Mabul)
Yoni's life is complicated and growing up in a dysfunctional family does not make it any easier. He's almost 13, extremely gifted, but physically undeveloped and struggles daily to grow up before his threatening up-coming Bar Mitzvah.
Director: Guy Nattiv
Cast: Yakov Cohen, Yoav Rotman and Michael Moshonov
Awards: Haifa Film Festival: Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Young Actor Israeli Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor
Duration: 100 minutes
Country: Israel 2011
Mabul tells the powerful story of the difficulties of a family with a special needs child. The story revolves around a 13-year-old boy, Yoni, who is struggling daily to grow up before his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. He is a gifted and talented student but is physically underdeveloped. His mother, Ronit, is a nursery school teacher and father, Tzachi, a crop duster barely speak to each other and are on the verge of separating. The family is rather dysfunctional which makes it very difficult for Yoni to live a normal life.
Yoni discovers a body building wonder powder that he thinks will exhilarate his physical growth in a matter of weeks. He begins to secretly sell homework in order to pay for the miracle drink and is convinced that this will be a cure. He stretches every night with heavy weights tied to his legs and screams with full force into the wind to thicken his girlish voice, which results in the ridiculous nickname "Helium". A new classmate, who is older and taller than him begins to bully Yoni every opportunity he gets. With no one to confide in, not even his parents, Yoni feels alone and isolated. To add to his problems, Yoni's autistic brother Tomer, 17, returns home after being released from the institution where he has been for the last twelve years. This shakes not only Yoni's life, but the unstable foundation of the entire family.
"A impressive coming-of-age tale" Screen International
"The film is remarkable on three fronts - cinematography, acting and script" Israelfilm.blogspot.com
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