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The Kind Words(Ha'milim ha'tovot)

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Israel, Canada · 2015
1h 58m
Director Shemi Zarhin
Starring Roy Assaf, Rotem Zissman-Cohen, Assaf Ben-Shimon, Sasson Gabai
Genre Drama

Three Jewish Israeli siblings learn the man who raised them is not their biological dad in the wake of their mother's death. The revelation sends them on a road trip from Israel across France to discover the truth about their real father. Their story follows the unraveling of a family secret and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery that follows.

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Village Voice by Diana Clarke

The chemistry between the siblings carries the film; they share a rich banter and subtle physical affection that feels real, built on years of shared intimacy — and this new experience of ignorance.


Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

I have only kind words for The Kind Words, an emotionally rich, beautifully textured family dramedy that touches on a wealth of interpersonal issues with buoyancy, charm and grace. It’s one of the best films so far this year.


The New York Times by Helen T. Verongos

Humor creeps in from strange sources, including a seller of funeral packages and a march through a Paris graveyard. And while not every motivation is clear, subtext isn’t everything in a movie as complex and satisfying as this one.


Washington Post by Pat Padua

At times, the film seems pat in its portrayal of modern Judaism struggling to maintain tradition in a changing world. Tonal shifts are problematic, with a maudlin score that evokes television melodrama giving way to quirky, sped-up sequences that treat family drama as light hijinks.

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