Letting Go

In ‘Restoration,’ a new award-winning Israeli film, characters are lit like Rembrandt subjects and exposed like Shakespearean characters.

October 5, 2011 14:13
Henry David, Nevo Kimhi Restoration 521

Henry David, Nevo Kimhi Restoration 521. (photo credit: Courtesy Biran TIKSHORET)

AS “RESTORATION” OPENS, Yaakov Fidelman, a worldweary man in his sixties, is varnishing a piece of antique furniture in a dimly lit workshop in Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood.

Fidelman’s hands move relentlessly, almost violently, as they work away at the aged wood. The camera dwells on his hands and face, suggesting the close proximity from which we will follow him throughout the unfolding story.


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