Off-White Lies

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Off-White Lies

American teenager Libi (Elya Inbar) is sent to live with her dad (Gur Bentvich) in Israel. He’s trying to sell some “foolproof” business ideas (half-cigarettes for casual smokers! faux feces that hide house keys!), but his real flair for invention involves a lie that gains them entry to a middle-class couple’s household in Jerusalem. When sparks start flying between Pops and the host’s wife (Salit Achimiriam), a tense filial relationship becomes even more strained. Director Maya Kenig’s film never decides whether it wants to be a social satire, a familial drama or a parable about Israeli life during perpetual wartime; that it neither picks a route nor cohesively combines any of those strands doesn’t make a fairly generic father-daughter story any more colorful.

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By: David Fear


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