Hitpartzut X (Naomi) (2010, Israel)

Poster for Naomi / Hitpartzut XThe simplicity of the story of Naomi evokes grand Greek tragedies. A university professor in his late 50’s has a much younger wife, whom he is suspecting of having a lover. Once this suspicion proves to be prove his jealousy leads him down on an inevitably tragic path. What makes the movie special is the quality of acting. What makes it less than a perfect film experience for me is the lingering feeling that it must have a been a great stage play, but turning it into a movie didn’t add anything special to it. I am gald I saw it, but I would have preferred to see it live on stage.

Description from the distributor’s site:

Ilan Ben Natan, a 58-year-old Astrophysics Professor, is obsessively in love with his young wife, Naomi. When Ilan discovers that his deepest fears have come true – Naomi has a lover – he is unable to control himself. He confronts the lover and commits a horrible act, the consequences of which will weigh heavily on his conscience.

Trailer:

As a member of the Jewish Film Festival, organized by the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County, I preview movies to help decide which ones to play at the Festival. I watched this movie as part of this volunteer effort.

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