Between Night and Dawn
is a coming of age story set in 1954, a time when Israel
was still young, still idealistic, still (more or less) untainted and innocent.
It is, inevitably, about the gradually realized loss of innocence that makes,
equally inevitably, a bitter comment on Israel today, in which innocence is a
The youngsters are typical.
There’s the beauty
Rachel (Karin Seruya), her studly boyfriend Eli (Michael Gamaliel), the
industrious organizer Naomi ( Ruth Rassiuk), the cynical brain Arik (Hen
Nocher), Pesach (Daniel Tchernish), he’s the surly troubled outsider with the
sensitive heart, and so forth. There’s also Igal, the gung-ho, kippa-wearing
camp counselor (Gur Koren).
The story follows the group on the
playground, in class and at summer camp as their relationships shift, as
However, apart from three good-looking young guys taking
a shower in the buff onstage, nothing really happens except that the actors
spend quite a bit of time moving Michael Karamenko’s ingenious set pieces
Nothing really happens regarding the acting
Because the youngsters are typical, their acting must not be.
Koren’s Igal is more a parody than a character.
The others do not,
perhaps cannot, make their characters come alive either.
They do not seem to have sought that small flame that must
light an actor from within if the character is to be real. This Between Night
could use that light.
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