Sunday, November 17, 2013

Other Israel Film Festival Spotlight: The Lesson

The 7th Annual Other Israel Film Festival takes place in New York City November 14th-21st, and Movies With Abe is proud to offer you a spotlight on some of the films being presented. Visit the festival website for a complete schedule of screenings for the films.

The Lesson
Directed by Anat Zuria
Screening November 18 at 6:30pm and November 19 at 6:30pm

This documentary takes an innovative approach to telling its story, as the Egyptian-born Layla practices for her driving test with driving instructor Nimar. During their lessons, Nimar guides the sexagenarian in the art of driving but learns an equal amount from her about her life and the complicated history of her emigration and her family. Layla is an electric main character, and Nimar prods her with just the right questions. As it goes on, “The Lesson” moves away from its initial setting, and while it remains thought-provoking, it’s never quite as engaging as when Layla is sitting in her car, focused on the road and lost in thought about some part of her past.

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