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Sublet

Country: Israel, Language: Hebrew, 99 mins

  • Director: Eytan Fox
  • Writer: Eytan Fox; Itay Segal
  • Producer: Micky Rabinovitz; Gal Uchovsky

CGiii Comment

Well, as expected, Mr Fox does not disappoint...with his dignified portrait of how our differences can bring us together. Here, different worlds, generations and outlooks...come together, briefly.

Being gay and Jewish are these two men's common denominators...besides those, they are chalk and cheese. But...what middle-aged gay man doesn't appreciate [the company of] a charismatic younger gay man...and, what younger gay man doesn't flirt and flounce with all that appreciation?

This could have been just one of those mid-life crisis catastrophes [it's not]...Michael is stuck in a comfortable rut...but, hey, that's not to say that he's not perfectly happy to be stuck in that rut. It happens to us all...it will, young man, happen to you too! Occasionally, it feeds the soul to re-live, to glimpse back...to what once was...Michael's young accomplice - Tomer - becomes his conduit. Michael's boundaries are set in stone...and, Tomer has no idea what boundaries are...aaah, that sweet smell of irresponsible youth!

Sublet demonstrates - perfectly - those things that divide us, unites us...and, conversely, the things that unite us, can and do divide us...let's not forget [although many do] youth is for the young. And, for many of us, a comfortable rut is exactly where we want to be...kept company by memories, regrets and all the experiences that made you who you are, got you to where you are.

Perfectly written, perfectly performed...those of a certain age will certainly resonate with this film...from their comfortable ruts! Lovely.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

In this heartwarming latest from Eytan Fox, John Benjamin Hickey plays a gay travel writer who trades New York for Tel Aviv, where a charming young man helps him get perspective on his long-term relationship.

Cast & Characters

John Benjamin Hickey as Michael
Niv Nissim as Tomer
Lihi Kornowski as Daria
Miki Kam as Malka
Peter Spears as David
Tamir Ginsburg as Koby
Gabriel Omri Loukas as Guy