Under The Domim Tree

on May 10, 1996 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
   The second film based on Gila Almagor's autobiographical novel, "Under the Domim Tree" continues the tale begun in "The Summer of Aviya," which centered on a young girl's stormy relationship with her mother, a mentally ill Holocaust survivor. Now 15, Aviya lives on a 1950s kibbutz with other young people scarred by the Holocaust's aftermath. Caught between the demands of day-to-day life in the new state of Israel and the legacy of a painful past, they try to survive as best they can.
   Unlike the first film, Aviya (Kaipo Cohen) and her mother (Gila Almagor) are pushed to the sidelines so that director Eli Cohen and his scripters can handle several stories at once. The outcome is a choppy film that never stays with any character long enough to register emotionally. Despite fine acting and sensitive direction, "Under the Domim Tree" lacks the resonance that made its prequel so powerful.    Starring Kaipo Cohen and Gila Almagor. Directed by Eli Cohen. Written by Gila Almagor and Eitan Evan. Produced by Gila Almagor and Eyal Sher. A Strand release. Drama. Hebrew-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 102 min.
Tags: Starring Kaipo Cohen, Gila Almagor, Directed by Eli Cohen. Written by Gila Almagor, Eitan Evan, Produced by Gila Almagor, Eyal Sher, Strand, Drama

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