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  • Summary: As he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two familiesAs he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs. (Cohen Media Group) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 24, 2012
    88
    When the mistake is discovered, how do the families react? What disturbs them more: that their son has been raised as an enemy or that he has been raised in another religion? That's where The Other Son gets complicated.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 26, 2012
    75
    Some may scoff when the boys exhibit traits and interests derived from the biological parents they never knew, but The Other Son is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint.
  3. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Nov 18, 2012
    75
    The movie doesn't need to preach a "we're all equal" message. When we watch the boys bond with their new kin over food or music, then see the lines of Palestinians plodding through armed checkpoints to reach jobs or visit Israeli friends, we get the point.
  4. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Dec 12, 2012
    67
    Cinematically well-made, The Other Son is nevertheless workmanlike. The actors are all excellent, the storytelling compassionate, and the overall sense one takes from the film is more humane than political.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 25, 2012
    60
    This beautifully photographed drama is well-played throughout with great conscience without becoming heavy-handed.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 25, 2012
    60
    Ms. Levy's film gets to say affecting things about the mysteries of identity, and the ironies of ancient enmity. If we can assume, from the nature of the premise, that Joseph and Yacine will soon accept their situation and become friends, we can also assume, from the course of history, that the Israelis and Palestinians will continue to resist doing the same.
  7. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Oct 23, 2012
    50
    An adequate if never surprising effort from French helmer Lorraine Levy.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Feb 1, 2013
    9
    This movie is far better than the critics' ratings. It portrays the range of human emotions that would occur under these circumstances, itThis movie is far better than the critics' ratings. It portrays the range of human emotions that would occur under these circumstances, it demonstrates acceptance and love among cultures that seems bound by stereotypes and mutual distrust. It is a window into the world of Palestinian and Israeli relations. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2014
    3
    I really don't like this movie. 'Joseph' one of the protagonists didn't act well, he recited very badly, full stop. However the story isI really don't like this movie. 'Joseph' one of the protagonists didn't act well, he recited very badly, full stop. However the story is enough good made. Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    0
    This review contains spoilers. The most pointless movie ever. Not only is it boring, uneventful, badly directed and too long. But the whole premise of the movie is meaningless. The film is not intented to be an action movie, a romantic film, a thriller, a comedy or to show innovations in film-making; nor does it have a talented cast of well-known actors. It's made to tell a story. Therefore, I'm going to judge it based off its purpose. Even ignoring the badly translated French into English subtitles, and the lifeless direction, I can say this is the worst movie I've ever seen. Clearly, the whole point of the film is to show the characters' emotions in light of the information they've recieved, but these actors are horrible at doing that. What's more, the whole story is completely redunant. So what if you found out you've not been living with your genetic parents? It makes no difference, and any impact is only relevant in the minds of those concerned. It may only have an impact on the emotionally weak. In reality, in practice there is no difference. Any subsequent action or change in behaviour is purely from one's emotional side; no real factors or circumstances are affected. Clearly, this is a film for women who cry all the time and have nothing better to watch. Collapse

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