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It’s about Time

What looks like a commonplace topic gets thoughtful and memorably clever treatment in accomplished docu "It's About Time." From zippy credits and slick editing to its cool-jazz score, pic ticks along with near perfection. There's not much call for Hebrew language docus, but international-minded pubcasters should make an exception.

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With: Yakov Cohen, Jacky Levi, Aviv Tsidon, Moshe Amsalem, Vital and Haya Florentine.

What looks like a commonplace topic gets thoughtful and memorably clever treatment in accomplished docu “It’s About Time.” From zippy credits and slick editing to its cool-jazz score, pic ticks along with near perfection. There’s not much call for Hebrew language docus, but international-minded pubcasters should make an exception for this one.

If you can do tomorrow what needs to be done today … do it the day after tomorrow!” So says one of the many kvetchers and kibitzers interviewed for this colorfully shot pic, which contemplates the nature of time, both in its universal and uniquely Israeli settings. Contrasting the volatile youth of a nation with its ancient underpinnings, and tossing in anxieties about the future, amusingly placed subjects from many generations and walks of life attack the passage of time with that most characteristic of Jewish weapons: humor. Odd, then, that standup comic Yakov Cohen is the only annoying presence. Smart, provocative comments are smoothly intercut with atmospheric, beautifully recorded live performances by pianist Jonathan Avishay’s young jazz quartet, underlining the elastic qualities of time in ways that words simply can’t address.

It's about Time

Israel

Production: A Karuna Films (Tel Aviv) production, in association with Channel 8 and Noga Communications. Produced by Ayelet Menahemi, Elona Ariel. Directed, written by Ayelet Menahemi, Elona Ariel.

Crew: Camera (color, BetaSP), Menahemi, Ronen Shechner; editor, Mehahemi; music, Jonathan Avishay. Reviewed at Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, May 28, 2003. Running time: 54 MIN.

With: With: Yakov Cohen, Jacky Levi, Aviv Tsidon, Moshe Amsalem, Vital and Haya Florentine.

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