Self Made…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 25, 2014 by Roz Tarszisz
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A modern fairytale with deep political messages, Self Made demands that the viewer suspend critical analysis and tag along for the ride.

sm3502 Michal (Sarah Adler) is abruptly woken by her bed suddenly collapsing. She bumps her head, can’t remember who she is or how to work her coffee machine and things only get more complicated from there.

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.

How the lives of these two disparate women connect and intersect is both amusing Self-Made_7-smand bizarre.

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 for more information


2 Responses to “Self Made…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz”
  1. Genghis Cohen says:

    Mediocre teenage self-absorbed tripe. A film to not go to see.

    • Malvina Malinek says:

      Agree with Genghis Cohen. Only a misogynist could depict such weird 2 women. As the festival opening film it was embarrassing. A self-indulgent bit of propaganda about women behaving stupidly whoever and wherever they may be.

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