Mabul – The Flood,
Everything in Yoni’s (Yoav Rotman) life is complicated. He’s almost 13, a gifted student, but physically undeveloped and desperate to change that before his up-and-coming Bar Mitzvah. He’s selling his homework so that he can buy a bodybuilding “wonder powder”. Every night, Yoni does pull ups with heavy weights tied to his legs and he’s trying to find a way to deepen his voice so that the class bullies will stop calling him Helium.
On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, Yoni has no choice but to “become a man” when he’s faced with the unexpected return of his autistic brother who he has not seen for almost a decade. Tomer (Michael Moshonov), 17, has been hidden away in an institution which is about to be shut down. His sudden arrival not only turns Yoni’s life upside down, but also shakes the already unstable foundations of the entire Roshko family.
During his fast journey into adulthood, Yoni finds out painful truths about his dysfunctional parents. His father, Gidi (Tzachi Grad), a former crop-duster pilot has been fired for smoking pot but continues to leave the house every morning as if he had a job to go to. Yoni’s mother, Miri (Ronit Elkabetz), works in a kindergarten, joyfully taking care of the young children in her community. But, this can never compensate for the pain in her personal life – her disconnection from her husband and the son that she had to send away. When Tomer comes home, Miri has no choice but to confront these issues head on.
Miri and Gidi are hardly able to communicate with each other and with their son Yoni who longs for their attention as he goes through the paces of adolescence.
As the only real adult in the family, Yoni ends up having to deal, on his own, with the brother he hasn’t seen for ten years. Tomer becomes enraptured with the “Tale of Noah’s Ark” which Yoni chants every night in preparation for his Bar Mitzvah. As the ceremony approaches, the brothers grow closer, united in a world of make believe centered around the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, while the real world around them seems to be falling apart, bit by bit.
When Tomer comes home to his family in this small community in Israel, he is met with ambivalence. But, somehow he makes his way as he revels in this homecoming and the peaceful world around him. In the end, Tomer’s presence brings to light what really matters in our lives.
Quotes from the media:
“Well cast, intensely thesped, gorgeously rendered pic… Newcomer Rotman is a rare find, delivering a
performance that is completely natural and convincing. Working in a fluid, lyrical style in which the visual
provides even more information than the verbal, Nattiv (“Strangers”) confirms his directorial chops.
Easily one of the year’s most impressive-looking Israeli films, “The Flood” owes much to the superlative
camerawork of France-trained, Quebec-based lenser Philippe Lavalette and the poetic editing of Tali
Halter-Shenkar. Other craft contributions are first-class.”
- Variety (Alissa Simon) Oct. 14, 2010
“….the movie contains several lovely as well as extremely powerful scenes. And it has one other great
virtue – Yoav Rotman as Yoni, Tomer’s younger brother. Rotman demonstrates the skill of an experienced
actor, shifting between fury held in check and expressed compassion. His presence sets the entire film
going and sweeps viewers into its world so they identify with its human life.”
- Haaretz (Uri Klien) Oct. 4, 2010
“MABUL: The Flood proved to be a warm, crowd-pleaser, with superb performances especially from
veteran actress Ronit Elkabetz (The Band’s Visit) and Michael Moshonov (Lebanon). The biggest
surprise was Nattiv’s mature and moderate pacing – a fluid directing hand… Nattiv rises to the occasion,
delivering a delicate and moving film.
- Ioncinema (Eithan Wei) Oct. 11, 2010
Awards and Recognition
Best full-length Israeli Feature, Best Cinematography, Award for unique artistic contribution in the Israeli Feature Film Competition (Yoav Rotman) at the Hafia International Film Festival, 2010
Nominated for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Script, and Sound Track at the Israeli Academy Awards, 2010. Won: Best Supporting Actor (Michael Moshonov)
Special mention, Generation Kplus, Bernale 2011.
Critics’ Award at Outaouais Film Festival, March 2012
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Listen to two of the songs that are part of the soundtrack created by Patrick Watson:
Mabul at the Israeli Film Festival!
Mabul is being show at two festivals coming up, be sure to check it out! It will be shown at the Montreal Israeli Film Festival April 29th and April 30th at 8:30pm. Visit www.israelifilmfestival.ca for more details.
It will be also shown at the Israeli Film Festival, organized by the Soloway Jewish Community Centre in Ottawa May 31st.