A Tale of Love and Darkness

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  97 min.
Release Date: August 26, 2016 - Toronto - August 26, 2016 - Toronto
September 2, 2016 - Montreal, Vancouver

DVD: March 28, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Natalie Portman, Gilad Kahana, Amir Tessler


In the mid-1940s, eight-year-old Amos (Amir Tessler) is living with his father Arieh (Gilad Kahana) and mother Fania (Natalie Portman), refugees who have fled to Palestine for safety.

Fania, the once-privileged daughter of a Jewish European family, is struggling to accept poverty and Arieh is a failed academic. To escape their circumstances, Fania tells Amos that they should make up a story, and begins a bonding ritual that ignites their imagination. Their life, challenges and the changing times are seen through the eyes of young Amos who eventually follows his own ideals and political beliefs.

Director: Natalie Portman
Studio: D Films
Producer(s): David Mandil, Ram Bergman
Screenplay: Natalie Portman

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  • 5 stars "Natalie Portman is outstanding as the writer, director and actor in this touching, historical movie. Being reminded of the events of the time, I was profoundly moved by her portrayal of a woman coping with new life conditions, a child and husband, while trying to protect them all from the horror. Her skills are clear and makes me look forward to her next choice."
  • 5 stars "Unbelievable. The storytelling is glorious. Through tough times, it shows us how to grow and learn and cherish the things we have. The performances were powerful. Natalie tells a story that goes deeper than most movies. I'm still with my mouth agape, an hour after walking out of the theatre."