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Melonoma My Love

Unfortunate title aside, "Melanoma My Love" is an uncomfortable fictionalization of thesp Yigal Adika's wife's death from cancer. Shot in docu style with deliberate disregard for such niceties as lighting or framing, this creepily confessional drama,

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With: Yigal Adika, Sharon Zuckerman, Alon Abutbul, Ora Meirsson, Ami Seinfeld, Asaf Kachlon, Daniel Cohen, Neomi Perlov, Avi Nesher.

Unfortunate title aside, “Melanoma My Love” is an uncomfortable fictionalization of thesp Yigal Adika’s wife’s death from cancer. Shot in docu style with deliberate disregard for such niceties as lighting or framing, this creepily confessional drama, directed and scripted by Joseph Madmony and David Ofek, certainly doesn’t whitewash its lead, presented as a not-too-bright misogynist. Oddly, not even the dying wife is especially sympathetic, thanks to an underwritten role that requires more whining than personality. Fests may call, but it’s hard to imagine a broader audience for this taciturn downer.

When a troublesome spot appears, Noga (Sharon Zuckerman) goes to family friend Dr. Avital (Alon Abutbul) for tests. The results don’t look good, but hubby Uzi (Adika) wants her shielded from the bad news. He even asks the good doc to make a pass at his wife so she’ll still feel desirable (huh?), but in an overextended scene, Avital finally tells her she’s dying. Never supportive of his wife’s desire to open a dance studio, Uzi now tries to be a model husband during Noga’s final days. Pic was scripted soon after Adika’s loss, presumably as a kind of therapy/self-excoriation.

Melonoma My Love

Israel

Production: A Yetzira Ivrit production. (North American sales: Dragoman Films, New York.) Produced by Chaim Sharir. Directed, written by Joseph Madmony, David Ofek.

Crew: Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Asaf Sudry; editors, Arik Lahav-Leibovitz, Yaniv Tzadik; music, Ehud Banai, Oren Menashe; production designer, Edna Nuema; costume designer, Keren Ron; line producer, Oriana Givoli. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (Cinema of the Future), Jan. 31, 2007. Running time: 116 MIN.

With: With: Yigal Adika, Sharon Zuckerman, Alon Abutbul, Ora Meirsson, Ami Seinfeld, Asaf Kachlon, Daniel Cohen, Neomi Perlov, Avi Nesher.

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