Review: ‘Jews In Space Or Why Is This Night Different From Other Nights?’

An affectionate, mostly agreeable though unoriginal study of an extended Jewish family built around preparations for a Passover meal, Gabriel Lichtmann's "Jews in Space" is as anarchic and busy as its subjects. Pic is at its best when pinpointing human foibles with exhilarating accuracy, and at its worst when trying to keep running jokes alive long past their expiration.

An affectionate, mostly agreeable though unoriginal study of an extended Jewish family built around preparations for a Passover meal, Gabriel Lichtmann’s “Jews in Space” is as anarchic and busy as its subjects. Pic is at its best when pinpointing human foibles with exhilarating accuracy, and at its worst when trying to keep running jokes alive long past their expiration. Limited fest play looks likely.

Sixteen years after she gave him a kiss to keep him quiet after he caught her stealing, Santiago (Fernando Rubio) is reunited Buenos Aires with cousin Luciana (Luna Paiva), now a drama student and hardened kleptomaniac living in New York. Following a suicide attempt by their curmudgeonly grandfather Mauricio (Axel Anderson), Luciana decides to prepare the seder to keep the family together. The script is good, and sometimes hilarious, in relating the dynamics of a family that stays together despite the rivalries that threaten to tear it apart. But pic’s surfeit of characters and multiple story lines never quite jell. Vets Anderson and Sammy Lerner, as the gay, aging uncle, stand out.

Jews In Space Or Why Is This Night Different From Other Nights?

Argentina

Production

An Andinia/Gabriel Lichtmann production. (International sales: Gabriel Lichtmann, Buenos Aires). Executive producers, Diego Radivoy, Fernando Sirianni. Directed, written by Gabriel Lichtmann.

Crew

Camera (color), Diego Poleri; editor, Andres Pepe. Estrada, Agustin Rolandelli; music, Diego Voloschin. Reviewed at Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (national competition), April 22, 2005. Original title: Judios En El Espacio O Por Que Es Diferente Esta Noche A Las Demas Noches? Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Luna Paiva, Fernando Rubio, Axel Anderson, Sammy Lerner, Veronica Llinas, Romina Sznaider, Beatriz Spelzini.
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