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Dostoyevsky is relocated to contemporary Tel Aviv in a riveting portrait of alienated masculinity.

Drama 2010 89 mins Not rated

Director: Nina Menkes



In this riveting portrait of alienated masculinity, Menkes relocates Crime and Punishment to Tel Aviv, transforming Dostoyevsky’s moral fable into an allegory for contemporary Israel. A young Jewish man (played with magnetic intensity by non-professional actor Didi Fire) roams the streets and nightclubs of his predominantly Arab neighbourhood, searching for connection but finding only violence. Shot in bleak but beautiful monochrome, every scene throbs with brutal energy.