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by Haim Bouzaglo


Eldi, a 40 year old high-school teacher, is in a midlife crisis. He just returned from a long army reserve service in Jenin and informs the school principal that he is not coming back to teach. His midlife crisis is blended with the trauma caused by the loss of his friend, who was killed in front of him by the gunshot of a sniper in the observation post. Eldi's wife, a psychologist, suggests that he get away for awhile. Rather than getting on a plane, Eldi sets out on a journey in his own country. Traveling incognito, he discovers an unknown world in the middle of Tel Aviv. A world of Turkish and Romanian foreign workers exploited by shady Israelis who hire out laborers and control a group of prostitutes. He is drawn into the world of these foreign workers, finds he is attracted to a Russian woman hiding from an Israeli who bought her to be his wife.

international title: Janem janem
original title: Janem janem
country: France, Israel
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Haim Bouzaglo
film run: 104'
release date: FR 01/11/2006
screenplay: Haim Bouzaglo
cast: Reymonde Amsallem, Danny Rytenberg, Avital Dicker, Amos Lavi, Haim Zenati, Dor Zweigenbaum, Galina Oazerner, Hayati Kaffe
cinematography by: Yoram Millo
film editing: Michaël Cohen, Jean Dubreuil
art director: Arie Weiss
costumes designer: Rona Doron
music: Shushan, Stéphane Zidi
producer: Haim Bouzaglo, Yoram Millo, Amir Gedalia, Nelly Kafsky, Lisa Benchikh-Pellier, Zehava Lahav
production: HB Productions, Mazel Productions
distributor: Sophie Dulac Distribution
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