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'The Other Story': Film Review

'The Other Story': Film Review

The increasing divide between the secular and ultra-religious in Israeli society would seem to provide the opportunity for compelling drama. Unfortunately, veteran director Avi Nesher (The Wonders, The Matchmaker) squanders that opportunity with his latest effort. Diluting its powerful themes with overcooked melodrama and unnecessarily distracting subplots, The Other Story would have benefited from a simpler, more direct approach. The film, a box office hit in its native country, is now receiving a theatrical release on our shores.

The central storyline involves the impending marriage between two young people in Jerusalem who have both abandoned their hedonistic lives to embrace Orthodox Judaism: Shahar ...

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