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Synonymes in the Berlinale-competition : to live and Die in Paris

Shabby. Obscene. Abhor value. Alt. Evil. Barbaric. Disgusting. Deplorable. These words come from Yoav in the sense, when he speaks about Israel. All synonyms fo

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Synonymes in the Berlinale-competition : to live and Die in Paris

Shabby. Obscene. Abhor value. Alt. Evil. Barbaric. Disgusting. Deplorable. These words come from Yoav in the sense, when he speaks about Israel. All synonyms for a, for its feeling of home. "So much at the same time a country may be impossible," says Emile to him, while the two from a bridge to His stare. Yoav, it was eventually too much. The young Israelis, fresh from military service, fired, packing up his last belongings and leaves his country, his identity, his language behind. In Paris, he doesn't know anyone. The apartment in which he comes first, finds it empty, it is ass cold. As he warms up in the shower, also stole his last clothes. Naked, he stands shivering in the hallway, the first night in his new life. Paris, he has presented himself differently.

The Israeli Director Nadav Lapid made already with "the Policeman" (2011) and "I have filmed a poem" (2014), meanwhile for the US market. With his fourth film, "Synonymes" he stresses after a five year break, strongly, that the world cinema has found in him a new voice. The story is based on the autobiographical experiences Lapids, who left after the military service of Israel, also in the direction of France. He wanted to tear out its roots, the Israeli doctrine of invulnerability, the eintrichterte him the army he describes as overwhelming, suffocating. Three names had lured him to France: Napoleon Bonaparte, Zinédine Zidane and Jean-Luc Godard. There is truly boring sources of inspiration for a filmmaker.

loneliness, Aggression, traumatic memories

The muscular poetry of the delicate technician Zidane and the abrupt energy of Godard's in the "Synonymes" visible traces left. The influence of Napoleon was lost in the Translation, probably. Yoav (Tom Mercier) applies a radical method, its origin tear out: He refuses to speak Hebrew. A French dictionary is his constant companion, he hammers the words literally, while he's running through the city captured by a cheap hand-held camera, the shaky images of the frenetic instability of the main character pulses. Live and Die in Paris.

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loneliness, Aggression, traumatic memories, and the longing for a fresh start. Conflicting feelings flow through Yoav, in the pictures. And Lapid does not even try to channel this. It is always about the Flow and jumps, the choreography of impulsive movements.

A couple of people to be companions to something like Yoavs in the new world: Caroline and Emile (Louise Chevillotte, Quentin Dolmaire), for example, a young couple that has decorated in a sophisticated bourgeois. "Boredom-structured my life," says the would-be writer Emile at the very beginning of their unbalanced friendship. Later, Yoav sold his life stories as text material: life second-Hand, so to speak. Yoav has more life than he can handle alone.

A colleague in the Israeli Embassy, where Yoav finds short term work, has a habit of confronting passers-by on the street or in the Metro with his Jewish origins: He wants to provoke anti-Semitic reactions. The friendship does not last long. As Yoav opens the gate of the Embassy and the applicant to enter streams ("There are no limits!" he shouts), is why he lost his new Job.

Tom Mercier is a discovery

main cast members Tom Mercier is a real discovery, he fills the open spaces, the Lapid him. Yoav is in front of the camera for a fetish photographer, a Finger in the ass and mixes a posh night club with the Euro-disco number "Pump up the Jam". Be ridiculous, mustard yellow coat, the Caroline gives him lights up as a signal color by "Synonymes". Underneath, he wears muscle shirts: Mercier's athletic physique, his handsome face have an uncontrollable grace.

But as his peace? The Gallic rooster is a strong, brave, and he crows early in the crap, learn Yoav in the integration course. The answers he finds there is no. Home is a burden, identity is just a thorn in the flesh. You can find this confusion even enough words.

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