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Other Son [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]

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  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ATK01BE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,388 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"THE OTHER SON" is an emotional and moving drama about the fictional story of two 18-year old boys in Haifa, Israel, who find out that they were mistakenly switched at birth by a nurse in the maternity ward of their hospital which was bombed, and they grew up in the other family's religion, Jewish and Muslim. How do the boys and their parents and their friends handle it?

Interfaith Focus (charity) screens it at Interfaith film festivals where it is well-received.
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By simpson cuts on 5 Mar. 2014
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Great story .
Loved it
Have recommended it to friends and family.
Sad and moving film.
Wished I seen it in the cinema.
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Excellent, thought provoking DVD. We will watch it again shortly.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
"The Other Son" (2012 release from France; 105 min.) brings the story of 2 boys who are about to reach their 18th birthday. As the film opens, we see Joseph, living in Tel Aviv, applying to enlist at an elite unit of the Israeli Air Force, requiring him to do various medicals tests. It isn't long before his parents learn that Joseph's blood type (A+) is not compatible with theirs (A-). After some investigating, it becomes clear that two babies were switched accidentally at birth. The other 18 year old is Yacine, whose family lives in Palestine's West Bank. Joseph is devastated when he finds out about the mix-up at birth. But what about Yacine in Palestine? And how will their families react? And their friends? To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, kudos to writer-director Lorraine Lévy for bringing us this film. The plot is entirely believable, and Levy treats the subject matter with dignity and respect. As you can well imagine, this is a delicate topic and if not done properly, you'll end up stepping on landmines. When the impact of it all hits Joseph, he wonders "Am I still Jewish?". Even more importantly, this film shows again that, when you put politics aside for a moment, at the end of the day we are dealing with real human beings. Watch how the Jewish and Palestine mothers deal with the news that the sons they have raised are not their own...

Bottom line: this film should be required viewing for anyone interested in the Israeli-Palestine conflict. No, "The Other Son" is NOT a political movie, but instead is a heartbreaking family drama with a political undercurrent. "The Other Son" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
A Somewhat Contrived Set-Up Leads To An Incredibly Subtle And Satisfying Family Drama 6 Mar. 2013
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
As I settled in to watch the heartfelt drama "The Other Son," I was instantly wary of its contrived set-up and principle plot thread. Like a classic soap opera, the center of this well meaning movie revolves around a switched-at-birth incident. This accident, however, is wrought with political and religious significance. One family is Israeli and one is Palestinian. What happens when the mistake is discovered as the two boys approach adulthood? Such a set-up would allow for plenty of intellectual discussion, teaching moments, and heavy handed drama. I could already see where the movie was heading. Remarkably, though, director Lorraine Levy (working with an incredibly nuanced screenplay) doesn't travel down the expected path. Instead, she takes this situation and turns it into a thoughtful, restrained, and pleasingly subtle experience. Truthfully, I loved "The Other Son." It never attempts to preach at its audience, it allows its characters to discover their own way. Once I gave in to the premise, everything else felt absolutely real and relatable.

In Tel Aviv, Joseph (Jules Sitruk) prepares for national service and it is discovered that his blood type does not match those of his parents. This fact throws his folks into a tailspin looking for a rational explanation. It is soon determined that a mix-up might have occurred during a hospital evacuation during the Gulf War eighteen years prior. The other boy, Yacine (Mehdi Dehbi), lives on the West Bank with his Palestinian family. After the initial shock, the two mothers (both super) try to navigate the complex situation and natural curiosity brings the two boys together. "The Other Son" is not really a plot driven endeavor, it is a character study that showcases how all of the principle family members might adjust to such an event. As such, I found the movie to be incredibly successful. Not only are the young stars given much attention, but we see the dynamics evolve within the families as they come to terms with this devastating development.

The revelation has major religious significance, obviously, especially as Joseph is declared no longer Jewish. And a number of political prejudices are confronted as supposed enemies are now united as family. The movie doesn't make bold proclamations on these topics, though, the character wrestle believably with the issues raised and that's where Levy's subtlety is appreciated and invaluable. The impact and the power of the film really snuck up on me and got under my skin. In the end, I felt a true part of this journey toward identity. The entire international cast is top notch and I've found myself thinking about "The Other Son" with some frequency since watching it. A great drama for adults, I give this one my highest recommendation due to its perfectly balanced restraint. KGHarris, 3/13.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
`We are all human, we can all be family.' 15 Sept. 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: DVD
While the world continues to struggle to understand the constant schism between Palestine and Israel and yet permutations of that unsettled hot fire whose coals continue to smolder between aggressive flares, along comes a film such as this one - THE OTHER SON or Le fils de l'autre - and provides some insights that at least for the moment offer a better understanding of a very long struggle. Based on an idea by Noam Fitoussi who wrote the screenplay with Director Lorraine Lévy and Nathalie Saugeon, this is a gentle film about resolution of conflict - at least on the family level. It is a French production filmed in the West Bank and Israel under the sensitive direction of Lorraine Lévy.

It's not uncommon for those who rightly resent being biologically categorized on government questionnaires, to defiantly write in `human' when asked to indicate their race. And the same holds true in its own compelling but curious way for the switched at birth DNA-driven identity crisis drama, The Other Son.

The relative stability of the two families in question - the Israeli Silbergs (Emmanuelle Devos and Pascal Elbéand) the Palestinian Al Bezaaz (Areen Omari, Khalifa Natourkin, and older son Mahmud Shalaby) in the West Bank - is shaken up when eighteen year old Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) puts his musical aspirations on hold to report for mandatory military duty. But an army blood test confirms that he could not be the child of his parents, an odd stratagem, that a military on such permanent alert would be so thorough, especially since Joseph's father is a high ranking commander. But during a Gulf War missile attack near the Haifa hospital where Joseph was born, a Palestinian mother gave birth at the same time. And in the ensuing confusion, the babies must have been released to the wrong women. Joseph's distraught parents first waver, then seek out the Al Bezaaz family. And Yacine (Medhi Dehbi), their designated `other son' in question, who has returned home for a visit from his medical school studies in France. While alternately fearful and hopeful mixed emotions become entangled, compounded by a profound cultural divide along with two fathers into deeply disapproving denial. Yet it is the coming together of the three `brothers' that offers a ray of nope that in time this festering conundrum may be resolved.

The cast is splendid, especially Jules Sitruk and Medhi Dehbi whose humanity holds the story together. Highly recommended. In French, English, Arabic, and Hebrew with subtitles. Grady Harp, September 13
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What does the word Son mean? 30 April 2013
By A good man - Published on
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Originally saw this it a local Jewish film festival. Great great movie about a Palestinian baby and a Jewish baby accidentally switched during a rocket raid when the nurses were scrambling to the bomb shelter.The fact is discovered 17 years later. Incredible portrait of parents, children, love, conflict, family and a glimpse of the war between Jews and Palestinians. Powerful, moving, disturbing and yet a real soul searcher about what the word "son" means to Mothers. P, Walnut Creek, CA
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Political Drama With a Familiar Twist 28 Mar. 2013
By The Movie Man - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
"The Other Son" tells of Tel Aviv resident Joseph (Jules Sitruk) who, as he is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, discovers he is not his parents' biological son, and that he was accidentally switched at birth with Yacine (Mehdi Dehbi), the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. At the time of the boys' birth, during the first Gulf War, a missile attack forced the hospital's evacuation, and in the confusion, they were sent home with the wrong parents. Now, 18 years later, this revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their identities, their values, and their beliefs.

Writer/director Lorraine Levy and co-writer Nathalie Saugeon focus on how the young men and their families deal with the situation, with awkward visits among newfound relatives across the border and arguments within the families about years spent haboring an "enemy." Performances are first-rate, particularly those of the two young leads, and the story is compelling.

The film is in French, with English subtitles. Bonus extras include making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and bloopers.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Uncanny Family Drama" 3 April 2013
By Cary B. Barad - Published on
Format: DVD
Alternately "schmaltzy" and alternately realistic, this film is a subtitled depiction of present-day Middle-East tensions personified by the use of an uncanny family drama. Very good acting and colorful footage of ethnic locales adds to the enjoyment level. There are, however, some elements of the story that seem to stretch rationale belief in their treatment of deep-seated political hatred and religious confrontation. To avoid "spoilers", I won't elaborate. Also be advised that there is some English dialogue, and when it is spoken, the subtitles vanish. Which is a disservice to the hearing impaired.
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