Directed by: Tali Shalom-Ezer
Starring: Shira Haas (Adar), Ori Pfeffer (Michael), Keren Mor (Mother), Adar Zohar Hanetz (Alan)
Country: Israel; Effed Up Asian Cinema
Language: Hebrew; Effed Up Israeli Films
Genres: Childhood, Old-Young, Sexual-Abuse-Girls, Mental Illness
Plot – Spoilers:
Adar goes to a school for gifted kids but is finding it hard to stay afloat there, as she mostly skips school, aimlessly wandering about. At home, she playfully enjoys the company of her mother’s boyfriend Michael, who often intentionally switches her gender while endearingly calling out to her.
It soon is apparent that Michael also has a thing for young boys when he doesn’t have a thing for preteen girls or a thing for grown women. In fact, Michael, who is sterile, seems perennially horny and is anything but ashamed to flaunt his morning wood or to loudly fuck while around Adar. Meanwhile, Adar’s mother, ironically a pediatric nurse, has literally closed her eyes to what’s happening at home when she’s busy at work or even while in bed. As if to knock this into our senseless heads, the filmmaker goes ahead and includes a scene of her shutting her eyes during a semi-dream sequence.
Adar eventually copes with Michael’s growing interest in her by splitting into a feminine boy – someone her groomer would approve of and also someone to share her lonely and increasingly confusing world with.