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Best Israeli Drama Jerusalem Intl Film Fest
Recommended! "Gorgeously realized...tremendously affecting" -NewCity Chicago
"There’s a bleak poetry to the film, one that transcends its single note of oppressive, existential despair" -TimeOut Chicago
"Eerie" -Chicago Reader
Inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Nina Menkes (Phantom Love) returns to Israel, the site of some of her earlier work, and continues her exploration of the condition of violence that permeates contemporary Israeli society in her new film, Dissolution. She also takes a giant step by focusing on a male character who is both the subject of his own tale and an object of desire for the camera, subverting the tropes of cinematic discourse. Shot in Yafo, the predominantly Arab area of Tel Aviv, the movie follows the moral collapse of a morose young Israeli Jew (played brilliantly by non-professional actor Didi Fire) who kills a female pawnbroker. The first glimmer of redemption lies in the figure of a beautiful Arab girl and in this deeply personal work, Dissolution can also be read as an allegory about Israel's moral responsibility. Menkes weaves realistic views with surreal images (infused with a surreal fairy-tale energy) to suggest a dialectic of violence: one man's alienation and spiritual journey versus the war mentality that permeates contemporary Israeli society and the devaluation of women.
"Cinematically, the film has traces of Bela Tarr's Satantango entwined with Shakespeare's play Macbeth -- where themes of morality haunt one's psyche with poetry and striking visuality. Confronting sin and redemption is at the core of this piece -- Nina Menkes' film is relevant and courageous, accented with her usual touches of cinematic sorcery and profound dedication. It is a look at a male character and place usually outcast by the movies-- machismo, bravado, and romanticism are gone, the strong hero audiences rely on has vanished and his mask has come off." (Huffington Post)