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  • Summary: Focusing on the relationship between an Israeli woman and the Ethiopian Christian illegal woman she hires as a housekeeper, this film depicts the heartbreaking lives of many of the 300,000 foreign workers in Israel today. (Quad Cinema)
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Starts strongly and is bolstered by thoughtful performances.
  2. 60
    Offers an incisive glimpse into one woman's inner transformation -- her secret sense of loss in the midst of plenty and her sudden perception of a world of suffering lying just beyond her home.
  3. 50
    There is a reason formulas endure: they work. And even under these threadbare circumstances, the developing friendship between the two women carries a faint but effective dramatic charge.
  4. 50
    The particulars of her situation are well-imagined, but Wolman's characters remain little more than mouthpieces.
  5. 50
    Wolman gets his point across, but he does so in such a predictable, contrived and sappy manner that viewers aren't likely to care. And the final plot twist is a cop-out.
  6. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Unfortunately, Wolman's flat direction accentuates the predictable course of his soft narrative.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Good intentions can't compensate for crude technique or lack of insight, but Israeli director Dan Wolman's deserves credit for broaching a serious subject.