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Off White Lies

83 minutes 2012

A prepubescent Israeli girl, having exhausted the patience of her mother and stepfather in California, is shipped back to her native land to live with her father, a homeless and eccentric "inventor." Scrambling to find shelter, he decides they'll pose as refugees from the north, which is being bombarded by Hezbollah, and they wind up in the home of a wealthy man, his wife, and their teenage son. The title refers to the father and daughter's ruse--it's darker than a white lie, but not so dark as to harm anyone--but might also describe the film itself, pitched somewhere between comedy and drama. Unfortunately the comedy frequently lapses into gimmickry (the father has invented the "Smokeless," a gizmo that masks cigarette smoke), though the tumultuous relationship between the girl and her dad makes for compelling drama. In Hebrew with subtitles.

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