Meduzot

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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 ofPoignant, 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
Watch On
Score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    80
    Tightly constructed, cleverly stylized, serio-comic ensemble piece. Highly cinematic, with a mood of existential loneliness leavened by magical whimsy, its different story strands share themes including the need for affection and the struggle to communicate.
  4. 70
    I appreciated and admired the craftsmanship of Jellyfish more than I loved it, and I found its whimsical, magic-realist touches a bit cloying. Just as I began to appreciate that it had depths I hadn't perceived, it was over.
  5. The overlapping stories pulse with a tidal rhythm, the film's sensibility flowing between serious and wry, and there are memorable turns from Assi Dayan as the waitress's henpecked dad and Tzahi Grad as a cop with a nonchalant attitude toward babysitting.
  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
    20
    Although it runs 78 minutes, it feels like 78 hours.

See all 21 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. WodekS
    Aug 30, 2009
    10
    An original film beautifully edited with lyrical flair.
  2. BillC
    May 11, 2008
    10
    An amazing film. Every moment, every minor character, every line carries significance to the whole. Stunning.
  3. Dec 1, 2013
    9
    Deeply symbolic and relevant. The characters are flawed yet reasonable, understanding, patient and wonderfully human. Watch as theyDeeply 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

Trailers