A Tale of Love and Darkness

A Tale of Love and Darkness
A Tale of Love and Darkness
  • PG-13
  • 1h 38m
  • 2016
Fresh70%
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Academy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman directs and stars in the emotional and thought-provoking story about Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during the early years of the State of Israel. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty - stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself. Based on the international best-selling memoir by Amos Oz, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is "the most revolutionary Jewish movie since Schindler’s List" (Stephen Marche, Esquire).
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh70%
Critics Consensus: A Tale of Love and Darkness suggests greater things for debuting writer-director Natalie Portman -- even if its reach slightly exceeds her creative grasp.
Reviews
Chicago Reader
Tal Rosenberg
Rotten

Whereas Oz's material, at its best, considers the nuances and subtleties of language, Portman's sc...

June 25, 2017
Globe and Mail
Barry Hertz
Fresh

Portman ... paints a portrait of the Jewish state's fraught history, all with the confident author...

June 25, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer
Steven Rea
Fresh

A Tale of Love and Darkness loses itself in dreamy imagery, in its studiously crafted aesthetic. B...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times
Bill Zwecker
Fresh

While A Tale of Love and Darkness is often difficult to watch -- because of all the sadness it pre...

June 25, 2017
Boston Globe
Ty Burr
Rotten

[Portman] has filmed the book according to its emotional meaning to her, and that's fine. What she...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Portman's biopic of Israeli writer is earnest, ethereal.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Tale of Love and Darkness is a Hebrew-language adaptation of novelist Amos Oz' memoir about growing up in Palestine-turned-Israel after World War II. Natalie Portman, making her directorial debut, stars as Oz' mother, who was prone to depression -- mostly because she survived the war when so many of her family members died in the Holocaust, but also because the reality of Israel never lived up to her idealized dream of it. There's quite a bit of violence, including flashbacks to WWII atrocities and scenes of people being killed during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In one sequence, a child is shot and killed while playing in the streets. A character commits suicide via an overdose. Several characters smoke cigarettes, and there's social drinking. There are a few scenes of a married couple kissing and one that suggests a husband is having an affair. Subtitled language includes "damn" and "hell."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 19, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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