Friday, November 9, 2012

The Other Son: Big Time Identity Crises

Who are you? A product of your DNA? Or a result of your environment?
This fine Israeli film takes on the old nature/nurture debate and ratchets it up to new heights.

This is the story of two teens who discover startling information that goes to the very core of their beings. Born on the same day, in the same hospital, their lives could not have been more different. One is Jewish and lives in Tel Aviv. The other is an Arab living in the West Bank.

Or so they think.

This thoughtful and thought-provoking movie focuses on the boys and their families as they deal with the shocking reality that the teens are not who everyone thought they were.

The Other Son takes on a subject fraught with emotion, controversy and steeped in a tragic, tangled history. Can all this be accomplished in seventy-five minutes?

The Movie Slut thinks not. But it's an excellent beginning.

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