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      Yom Yom
    Starts with "why?"

    The pointless "Yom Yom" is a letdown from the director of "Kadosh" and "Kippur."


    Never has a little sex and violence been so desperately needed as in the Israeli film "Yom Yom." The film by Amos Gitai follows a day or two in the life of a half-Jewish, half_Arab Israeli, Moshe, whose day consists of: eating, bickering with his wife, hanging out with his friend Jul, doing a little light military-reserve duty, having sex with his mistress, begging a loan shark for money, gambling, and pretending to help his parents run their bakery. This may sound like a full day, but it's an exercise in pointlessness to watch him live it and only the sex and violence interrupts the tedium.

    Directed by: Amos Gitai.
    Written by: Amos Gitai, Jackie Cukier.
    Cast: Moshe Ivgi, Juliano Mer, Samuel Calderon, Gassan Abbas, Keren Mor, Irit Gidron, David Cohen, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Natali Atiya, Dalit Kahan, Hanna Meron.
    In Hebrew with English subtitles.
    "Yom Yom" has no narrative sense and offers essentially no reason for following this particular character through life. Moshe is a middle-aged man who's squandering every day of his life, but he's not even interesting as a slacker. He's certainly not interesting as a half-Jew half_Arab, despite the seemingly dramatic possibilities of that situation.

    The only truly interesting people in the ensemble are Moshe's parents, and it should have been a film about them. This is a stunning disappointment from the director of "Kadosh" — one of the best films I saw last year — and the interesting cinema-verite war picture "Kippur," both released here last year. "Yom Yom" is premiering as part of a Gitai retrospective which at least offers a chance to see the some much better films than this one.

    FEBRUARY 22, 2001

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