A Tale of Love and Darkness: Natalie Portman tells the story of Amos Oz

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Natalie Portman is one of those people so perfect to be unbearable. Think of it, she is objectively beautiful, with an enviable style, she has an extraordinary talent as an actress and as a dancer. If it is not enough, she is also putting on a lovely family and today, June 8, in the Italian salt comes her first movie director!
Does this sound normal?
Okay let’s talk about the film so we do not depress ourselves.
It is called A Tale of Love and Darkness and she, just to be more sympathetic, wrote, directed, co-produced and interpreted the film. The film was filmed in 2015 and has been present at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, out of competition in the Special Projections series.
Portman spent eight years writing the script, and during this time she raised funds to shoot the film, insisting to turn it in Hebrew: “Language is practically a character in the film- she explained.
Amos’s father is the leading channel of language, speaks of the etymology of words and how they are related. While working in the garden, explaining how the earth is connected to man, to the blood, to silence, he could tell the whole story of the film and the language acquires its physicality”.
The story, in fact, is a cinematic adaptation of the autobiographical novel A story of love and darkness, written by Amos Oz.
Amos grew up in Jerusalem in the years before Israel’s independence, with Klausner’s family, one of the many families who moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s and 1940s to escape the persecution.
The war and the boredom of the routine alternate so much to weigh heavily on the soul of Fania, Amos’s mother, who, unhappy with her marriage and intellectually suffocated, begins inventing adventurous stories to get on morale and entertain her 10-year-old son. The baby is so relieved of the stories, the poems and the words of his mother, to be strongly influenced in her writing in the years to come. When independence does not lead to the sense of life she hoped for, she slowly slips into loneliness and depression. So Amos is forced to give her a premature goodbye, while he is witness to the birth of Israel. “This is the birth of a writer, due to the vacuum his mother has left, a vacuum he has to fill in words and stories,” said Portman. “There is a strong tension between them: she pushes him to create, but she also grants him the space he needs to fill in. This absurd abandonment is devastating, but it is also an opportunity and his mother provides him with tools The wonderful thing that Amos has done with this book is to convey love, compassion and empathy to people who have been part of his life. It is an exploration of unworthy characters”, concluded the actress.
Despite the somewhat cold critique, mainly due to an overly destructed photograph, at the Box Office in the United States, Portman’s film earned $ 571,000 in the first six weeks of programming and $ 37,2,000 in the first weekend. If there is a mistake, she has focused too much on the figure of Amos’s mother, Fania, and not on the memory of the old narrator who tells his life. However, she does not go out of her way, in fact she knows the art perfectly.
The cast’s interpretation is gorgeous and Portman has given the best of herself. The costumes, made by Israeli costume designer Li Alembik, gracefully conjure up the fashion of the late ’40s, highlighting the beauty of Portman.
I am sure that the wavy bob that is typical of that time will come back to life without too much trouble. The photograph, we said, is lost in its destruction, but it emphasizes the moments of growth of Amos Oz, with atmospheres marked by a vaguely disturbing chiaroscuro, especially in contrast to the kibbutz solarity, where Amos becomes adolescent.
Natalie Portman has only been measured to date with short films. Eve, with Lauren Bacall, and Ben Gazzara, and an episode of the collective film “New York, I love you”. Tale of Love and Darkness is his first true feature film, so you do not have to judge this girl hastily!
The film in the end is cute, leaving a backdrop of nostalgic sweetness. So I think it’s the case to try it again.
Come on Natalie!

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