Self Made…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz
A modern fairytale with deep political messages, Self Made demands that the viewer suspend critical analysis and tag along for the ride.
Nadine, (Samira Saraya), is a young, Arab women whose factory job is to prepare and pack the screws for flat-pack furniture.
Michal spends the entire story in a blank haze while Nadine tries to work out what she wants out of life.
While the story is propelled at a brisk pace, little that occurs is exactly what it seems. There are plenty of coincidences and scenes that are not logical but which are funny.
Worth viewing precisely because of its strange exploration of identity and politics, it makes for an interesting ride.
As an aside, it is somewhat ironic that while a pro-Palestinian anti-Israel demonstration was occurring outside the cinema as this film opened the AICE Israeli Film Festival, the audience was inside viewing an Israeli film that is sympathetic to Palestinians.
91min, Israel 20124
Hebrew, Arabic, French with English subtitles
Starring Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya
Director and Writer Shira Geffen
www.aiceisraelifilmfestival.com for more information