Veteran producer Marek Rozenbaum makes a lukewarm feature directorial debut with "The Investigation Must Go On," an Israeli variant of the popular crime-police genre. Though disjointed and lacking a unified vision, Haim Merin's spirited script, which won the 2000 Wolgin Writing Prize, vividly conveys a robbery inquiry that gets progressively more complex. Receiving its world pre-miere at the Jerusalem Film Festival, pic, like all competition contenders, will be released domestically and may be an interesting addition to the traveling Israel Film Festival as a movie that steers clear of politics.

Veteran producer Marek Rozenbaum makes a lukewarm feature directorial debut with “The Investigation Must Go On,” an Israeli variant of the popular crime-police genre. Though disjointed and lacking a unified vision, Haim Merin’s spirited script, which won the 2000 Wolgin Writing Prize, vividly conveys a robbery inquiry that gets progressively more complex. Receiving its world pre-miere at the Jerusalem Film Festival, pic, like all competition contenders, will be released domestically and may be an interesting addition to the traveling Israel Film Festival as a movie that steers clear of politics.

Micha Stein is a tough, obsessive police officer in the noir mold. Ambitious to a fault, Micha plunges into an investigation that involves Shalom, a former singer who’s rumored to be behind a burglary. The thriller is structured as a cat-and-mouse game between the two equally stubborn men, with intriguing asides to secondary characters. The most interesting persona is Shalom’s attractive wife, who proves to be alluring to Micha in the manner of noir’s femme fatales. The film is poorly directed, but the script offers enough twists and turns to make this investigation a worthy sub-ject.

The Investigation Must Go On

Israel

Production

A Transfax Films production. Produced and directed by Marek Rozenbaum. Screenplay, Haim Merin.

Crew

Camera (color), Valentin Belonogov; editor, Anat Lubarsky; music, Efi Shoshani; art direction, Ariel Glazer. Reviewed at Jerusalem Film Festival, July 15, 2000. Original title: Haboleshet Hokeret. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

With: Moshe Ivgi, Aki Avni, Osnat Fishman, David Danino, Assi Levy, Itzik Juli.
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