Foreign Sister

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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
    40
    Unfortunately, Wolman's flat direction accentuates the predictable course of his soft narrative.
  7. 40
    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.

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