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Year: 2002
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Orly Silbersatz Banai, Maya Maron, Nitai Gaviratz, Vladimir Friedman, Dana Ivgi, Danny Niv, Daniel Magon, Eliana Magon, Yarden Bar-Kochba, Eitan Green
Director: Nir Bergman
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew (English subtitles)
UK: 83 mins
USA Rated: R for some language, brief nudity and drug use
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 12 March 2004 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 6 June 2003


This is a realistic drama that takes place in a middle-class Israeli neighbourhood and involves the Ulman family - Dafna and her four children. The father has recently died under trivial circumstances and his death has left the family hurting, and in economic straits. It is the beginning of September, the first day of school. In most families this occasion generates excitement; for the Ulmans it produces one crisis after the other. As the day starts their stories develop and intertwine. The five year-old girl suffers from feelings of abandonment, the ten-year old tries to break the world record in the free jump (into an empty swimming pool), the teenage boy has quit school and works handing out fliers disguised as a mouse. The two women try to function as mothers. One of them, however, is herself only 17 years old.

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