The tradition of dysfunction in the Levkovich clan comes to a turning point in this brisk bittersweet comedy, with the sudden death of Zsuzsa, the family matriarch. Husband Tamás (Bezerédy), a strict old-school boxing coach, and his somber and bookish adult son Iván (Kimmel) haven’t spoken a word to each other in eight years. Iván, now an Orthodox Jew living in Israel, arrives for the funeral with his little boy Ariel. The two men are soon butting heads in the same old way. Ariel, meanwhile, is blithely communing with Grandma’s spirit, who seems to have taken up residence in a living room cabinet. It could seem like child’s play, but the film’s light and gentle humor serves to poignantly underline the issues at stake – death, family separation, generational conflict and reconciliation. In Hungarian and Hebrew with English subtitles.
“Rare for a film to feel this familiar, yet refreshing…a testament to Novion’s creative instincts as a filmmaker.” – Wilson Kwong, Film Inquiry