Based in Israel the storyline in this short film targets mental health issues which break through all the language barriers. How does a family regardless of race, creed or colour make difficult decisions about the safety and future of a loved one? Compassion and love is a universal language as this heartfelt short film demonstrates.
When the patient in question is your parent how do you make a decision to have them committed? The sisters begin in a “good cop bad cop” scenario with the good cop ending up as the one who makes the final word count.
One technique used during filming is a lot of close-up camera work going which is very effective as you see the close-ups of the actor’s features, facial expressions, the anguish, the hurt and the brutality that goes on within the dynamics between the two sisters and the father and his long-suffering neighbours.
The manner in which this film is set deals with a man with manic depression. You are then witnessing to moments where he is very high and extremely happy to the rapid descent into incredibly low points, while he’s spitting and swearing and being thoroughly unpleasant to both of his daughters.
The subtitled film as an English speaking audience member is very powerful you focused on the body language of the two girls and their father rather than the distraction of listening.
Overall this particular short film would have enough of a storyline to be able to develop it further. There could have been more of the father’s backstory and whether there are other family members who have been committed or suffering/suffered from manic depression similarly to him.
Lee Gilat has looked into the darker side of family relationships with empathy and a great deal of consideration. Definitely a short film to be proud of.