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An early Menahem Golan production, this is a sort of Yiddish Ealing comedy, with Topol as the eponymous hero, an Oriental Jew who arrives in Israel in 1948 with his wife and seven kids. He finds his family being housed in a ramshackle transit camp instead of the elegant flat they were led to expect; and the comedy, such as it is, revolves around the workshy patriarch's remorselessly cute and very repetitive efforts to avoid doing a hand's turn while battling bureaucracy and accumulating enough money for a flat. Strictly for fans of Topol's particular brand of folksy charm.

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Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ephraim Kishon
Screenwriter: Ephraim Kishon
Cast: Haym Topol
Geula Noni
Gila Almogor
Arik Einstein
Shraga Friedman
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