All the less than buttery news about the State of Israel and its populace in the recent days has got me in need of a good chuckle. This Israeli film, “A Mayse” (A Folktale), shot mostly in Yiddish, but also in Hebrew (with English subtitles), is a profound student’s meditation on Israeli culture in our own times. It’s a depressing tale of cultural death, human loneliness and racism. It’s also profound evidence that the Israeli gaze is a sensitive one and a hard slap in the face to those who believe Israeli culture should be boycotted.
I laughed until I cried.
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