Hacohavim Shel Shlomi (Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi)

Author : Shemi Zarchin

Available : Rented
Age Group :Adults
Writer/Director Shemi Zarhin has created a story unlike any other and cast it with consistently fine actors. Shlomi (Oshri Cohen, in a brilliantly understated performance) is a 16-year-old lad who takes care of his highly dysfunctional family: his mother (Esti Zakheim) is about as distasteful a shrew as ever concocted and in a constant state of ill temper because her husband cheated on her, and because she is stuck working double shifts to support her ailing father-in-law; a married sister Ziva (Rotem Abuhab)who periodically moves back in to the house because of constant spats with her husband who doesn´t help her care for their infant twin sons; his brother Sasi (Assi Cohen) whose life is loud electric guitars, braggadocio about female conquests, and the favorite son of his mother. Stir this mixture and the result is the penultimate dysfunctional family unit. Shlomi cooks gourmet meals for them, shops, cleans house, runs errands, bathes and cares for this grandfather and in general leads a life of submission to a family that views him as a ´retard´. Shlomi longs for a girlfriend and practically fails his school because of his lack of time devoted to caring for his family and a lack of concentration. Serendipitously his math teacher Begin (Nisso Keavia) notes his natural mathematic genius on a discarded test, and with the aid of the headmaster (Yigal Nair) the two encourage him to be tested and discover that he is a genius (?with dyslexsia?) and arrange for him to try for a special school in Haifa. Shlomi´s mother will hear none of it but between fights with Shlomi´s absentee father (Albert Iluz) and confrontations with the teacher and headmaster they finally consent to his testing for the school.

Writer/Director Shemi Zarhin has created a story unlike any other and cast it with consistently fine actors. Shlomi (Oshri Cohen, in a brilliantly understated performance) is a 16-year-old lad who takes care of his highly dysfunctional family: his mother (Esti Zakheim) is about as distasteful a shrew as ever concocted and in a constant state of ill temper because her husband cheated on her, and because she is stuck working double shifts to support her ailing father-in-law; a married sister Ziva (Rotem Abuhab)who periodically moves back in to the house because of constant spats with her husband who doesn´t help her care for their infant twin sons; his brother Sasi (Assi Cohen) whose life is loud electric guitars, braggadocio about female conquests, and the favorite son of his mother. Stir this mixture and the result is the penultimate dysfunctional family unit. Shlomi cooks gourmet meals for them, shops, cleans house, runs errands, bathes and cares for this grandfather and in general leads a life of submission to a family that views him as a ´retard´. Shlomi longs for a girlfriend and practically fails his school because of his lack of time devoted to caring for his family and a lack of concentration. Serendipitously his math teacher Begin (Nisso Keavia) notes his natural mathematic genius on a discarded test, and with the aid of the headmaster (Yigal Nair) the two encourage him to be tested and discover that he is a genius (?with dyslexsia?) and arrange for him to try for a special school in Haifa. Shlomi´s mother will hear none of it but between fights with Shlomi´s absentee father (Albert Iluz) and confrontations with the teacher and headmaster they finally consent to his testing for the school.

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