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  • Summary: Poignant, often witty, and exceedingly cinematic, Jellyfish tells the story of three very different Tel Aviv women whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. Batya, a catering waitress, takes in a child apparently abandoned at a local beach. Batya is one of the servers at the wedding reception of Keren, a bride who breaks her leg escaping a locked toilet stall, ruining her chance at a dream Caribbean honeymoon. And attending the event with an employer is Joy, a non-Hebrew-speaking domestic worker who has guiltily left her son behind in her native Philippines. As this distaff trio separately wend their way through Israel's most cosmopolitan city, they struggle with issues of communication, affection, and destiny--but at times find uneasy refuge in its tranquil seas. (Zeitgeist Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. A beautifully strange movie.
  2. Marvelously inventive, often-ironic Israeli storyteller Etgar Keret and his life- and workmate, Shira Geffen, spin in Jellyfish a dreamy, arty, alluringly cockeyed tale involving three unrelated women in Tel Aviv.
  3. Yes, Jellyfish says, it's a wonderful life, not in that old-fashioned style we've perhaps tired of but in a surprising new and magical way all its own.
  4. 70
    An interlocking ensemble piece in the tradition of "Crash" and "Babel," but with welcome dashes of whimsy and magical realism.
  5. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    Several stories, or scraps of stories, are woven together in the making of Jellyfish ("Meduzot"), linked by common themes and a shared sense of humor, poetry and loss.
  6. 70
    An Israeli movie with neither politics nor religion--and only one casual, if fraught, mention of the Holocaust--bespeaks an underlying desire for normality that's as poignant and fantastic as Keret and Geffen's modest, shabby Tel Aviv settings.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Although it runs 78 minutes, it feels like 78 hours.

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  1. Dec 1, 2013
    Deeply symbolic and relevant. The characters are flawed yet reasonable, understanding, patient and wonderfully human. Watch as they misunderstand each other's intentions, accept situations out of their control and respect each other's plight. The surrealism is fun, the symbolism is obvious yet open to discussion. A thought provoking film that tests your emotional intelligence. Expand

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