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JEWBOY

SYNOPSIS:
On the death of his father, Yuri (Ewen Leslie) returns fromstudying to be a Rabbi in Israel to his former strict Chasidic community in Sydney. Losing his faith in Judaism, he rejects his former girlfriend Rivka (Saskia Burmeister) and starts driving taxis. He falls for Sarita (Leah Vandenberg) and in his grieving state takes much more from their blossoming relationship than she does. In his confused search for intimacy he ends up in some of the least intimate spaces, like porn shops and peep shows.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Not a particularly likeable character - out of touch for a year and then gruff with his well meaning girlfriend, spits beer off a balcony - Yuri (Ewen Leslie) only has our sympathy on the loss of his father.

This event seems to have triggered his search for a place in the world, perhaps further propelled by strange experiences in his cab, like the chubby bloke in shorts who casually offers him a blow job while paying the fare.

But it's his interest in Sarita (excellent work from Leah Vandenberg) that provides the main conduit for emotional engagement - both for Yuri and the world, and for us with Yuri.

His alienation is told in fragmentary style. Action to suggest this - portrayed as a search for intimacy - tend to be sexual incidents, such as a drunken woman's vulnerability in his taxi, followed by a visit to a strip joint and then a prostitute.

Tony Krawitz juxtaposes extreme close ups (objects, faces) which render some sort of meaning to the images, with contrasting wide shots of unrelated images, like a burning candle, followed by an ant's view of the corner of a multi story building. The effect is to create a sense of intimacy while breaking the rhythm and foiling our expectations.

Selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2005, Jewboy plays as a work in progress, demonstrating Krawitz' undoubted cinematic talent, but not as a fully developed work.

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BLOWIN' IN THE WIND

JEWBOY (M)
(Aust, 2005)

CAST: Ewen Leslie, Naomi Wilson, Saskia Burmeister, Leah Vandenberg, Nicholas Eadie, Chris Haywood, Nathan Besser, Alice McConnell

PRODUCER: Liz Watts, Libby Sharp[e

DIRECTOR: Tony Krawitz

SCRIPT: Tony Krawitz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Greig Fraser

EDITOR: Jane Moran

MUSIC: Decoder Ring

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Melinda Doring

RUNNING TIME: 52 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Dendy

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 27, 2005 (as part of double bill with Blowin' in the Wind)







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