Directed by Matan Yari
Israel/Italy, 2023, 80 min, Drama
Seventee-year-old Uri has to deal with his family falling apart, and he wants to make room for himself and have a room of his own.
A ROOM OF HIS OWN
Seventeen-year-old Uri screws up his first interview in the army. He tells his examiner the truth about his complicated home life, about not being able to be with a lot of people in the same room, and about only being able to pee when he’s alone.
Uri has to deal with his family falling apart, the realisation that he has no place in his father’s new life, and having no privacy at home after his mother moved into his room. Uri wants to break free from his parents’ emotional and physical hold.
He wants to make room for himself and have a room of his own.
At the same time, Uri likes the idea of having his mother beside him at night. He likes lying down in their shared bed, reading a book under the nightlight, with his eyes following the lines until they slowly shut.
Matan Yair did it again. A humble, funny, sad, intelligent, and real coming-of-age drama. Gilad Lederman is captivating and exciting in the leading role, with excellent supporting actors. The best film I’ve seen at the Jerusalem Film Festival so far.
Yishai Kiczales, Israel Hayom
Yair fills the frame with different shades of captivating humanity, And the entire film is so natural and fluent that I periodically forgot that I was watching something scripted and not a piece of life.
Oron Shamir, Srita