Central Florida Jewish Film Festival
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Nominated for 8 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, SHOELACES (aka “Laces”) tells the gently comic story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs adult son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuven’s (award-winner Doval’e Glickman) kidneys are failing and his son Gadi (Nevo Kimchi, Footnote, Restoration) wants to donate one of his own to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects, claiming that Reuven, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian after the recent passing of his mom, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Afraid of losing his father as well, Gadi feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful and stand on his own, and he sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Co-starring the wonderful Yafit Asulin (The Women’s Balcony) and Evelin Hagoel (A Matter of Size, The Women’s Balcony), SHOELACES’ portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency sheds some new and welcome light on people with disabilities.
Israel, 2018, 102 min, Directed by Jacob Goldwasser, Not Rated, In Hebrew with English subtitles
“An engaging comedy/drama…a touching film that raises some serious questions about society’s attitude toward the disabled.”– Hannah Brown, THE JERUSALEM POST