The Seven Days ( “Shivaa” )

It is 1991 in the midst of the first Gulf War and Israel is under daily missile attacks. But in the Ohayon family, tragedy has hit in more mundane circumstances as beloved Maurice, one of nine brothers and sisters, has suddenly died. The family gathers for the traditional seven days of mourning (shiva) in which they are not allowed to leave the house. The intensity of this situation is a catalyst for more than just emotional support and communal grief. Jealousy, gossip, long term rivalry and financial problems come to the fore, as each of the siblings is faced with his frustrated ambitions.





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by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. ( Israel-France 2008, 105 min )

• Critics Week at Cannes 2008

• Best Feature Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2008.