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  • Production: Yanit Krainer
  • Starring: Ava Haddad, Adam Abulafia, Nataly Atia, Elon Eysh, Ayelet Gabay, Shmuel Edelman
  • Written By: David Kreiner
  • Distributed By: SISU, 72 Production Ltd.
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew, English

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There Was No War in '72

Narrative | 1995 | 90 min.
Directed by: David Krainer

An affectionate portrait of a family whose members are behaving at their worst. The story of There Was No War in '72 begins from the point of view of Yoni (Adam Abulafia), the beleaguered son of an overbearing businessman (Shmuel Edelman). To the disappointment of his father, Yoni has just been kicked out of his private school for poor grades. His American mother (Ava Haddad) is trying to get him to go to the boarding school she has cajoled into accepting him, but Yoni would rather spend his time on other pursuits. The film speaks to the struggles of adolescence and the restless nature of youth, as well as the complexities of being a family.

See more about There Was No War in '72 at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

*Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival
*Calcutta Film Festival
*Fantasporto Film Festival

"In what could have been just a one-note performance, Edelman is excellent as the father, Abulafia completely believable as his equally stubborn son. In a difficult role (switching between English and Hebrew), Haddad is sympathetic as the mom, and in dress and attitude accurately mirrors the early-'70s setting."
--Derek Elley, Variety

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